Mathieu Almaric uses ample reservoir to play Bertrand Bonello in an autoportrait of existential crisis, discovering frequency meditation, and the hard-won skillfulness of assimilating enlightenment into everyday life. I like Bonello's suave sense of image narration, eliciting emotion based on mysterious mise-en-scène, editing, and sound design. Argento is actually so versatile. Shout out to Guillaume Depardieu.
Amalric is something else in this one, playing Bonello's alter-ego it seems. If a film starts out with a Bob Dylan quote it better be at the very least pretty good. This one had Amalric having a staring contest with a wild animal, dance scene in a beautiful forest BEFORE The Lobster existed, Lea Seydoux playing a calm yet horny cult member, references to Cronenberg, chapters that go by books. Overall, pretty good.
I saw 'House of Tolerance' and found it to be exploitative and stupid. This is just stupid. Perhaps I don't believe in this mystical pleasure thing. They're in a room full of paintings of Native Americans. He says "Let's just say that I'd like to be dazed by life." She replies "That makes you fierce." He says, "I don't mind becoming fierce." She replies, "Fierce doesn't mean unsociable. It means fierce." Fierce!
Not sure what to make of this. The first hour or so was interesting, but then it seemed to get lost. The long quote from Apocalypse Now is an embarrassment and should have been left on the cutting room floor. I stuck with this, mostly to see where it would go, but I didn't see any real resolution or point. Is it that just that Amalric eventually does sing and swim, despite saying early on that he can't do either?
Like one of those "movement arts" classes they make you take in drama school: Either you love it because you get to be entirely self-centered and you feel like a god, or you hate it because the whole thing is ridiculously self-centered and you feel like an idiot. The Great Dane is marvelous; it deserves a much larger role.
Une oeuvre souvent séduisante dans son estimable démarche intellectuelle qui puise dans les arcanes réflexives des écrits de Carl von Clausewitz, Friedrich Nietzsche et Georges Bataille, mais qui pèche par une absence gênante d'émotion et de souffle communicatifs dans sa paradoxale démarche de retrouver une véritable simplicité sauvage et "tripale", par-delà les mots et les attitudes... www.cinefiches.com
FNC '11 Strange yet mesmerizing film from Bertrand Bonello. A filmmaker looking for a 'real' experience winds up at a commune of sorts and gives himself over to finding pleasure in life and nature. Cast is game with several of the most interesting actors of the time; Mathieu Almaric, Asia Argento, Elina Lowensohn, and the late Guillaume Depardieu. Interesting use of music and film (Cronenberg, Coppola).