When I read a book about director Claire Denis I might have more to say, but for now I don’t. I didn’t take anything away with me from this film about the French Foreign Legion. I can’t recommend it.
I had a lot of trouble with this film. It wasn’t completely indecipherable, but enough that I don’t really want to try and write a review. Instead, I will have to get back to you when I have more information about this film and/or the director Eric Rohmer. Until then it will be an approach with caution.
I’m tired so I won’t write much, but I will say that this film is worth tracking down. It is unlike anything you have ever seen. It was shot remotely by a robot in what appears to be an alien landscape. It may sound boring, but somehow the images just wash over you, calm you. It’s an experience. I recommend it.
There is a famous quote about Eric Rohmer’s work from the film Night Moves (1975). Gene Hackman says he once saw an Eric Rohmer film, it was like watching paint dry. I can see where he was coming from, but this film was oddly entertaining. The film is about an engineer with a passion for mathematics. One evening he runs into an old friend of his who is a Marxist-Leninist. The friend invites him to the home of a woman named Maud. He quickly leaves after some heating discussions over Pascal because he wants to leave him with Maud. After some coaxing, the engineer sleeps with Maud (I mean actually sleeps, not sex).
The next morning they are close and seem like they might get together, but they don’t. The engineer’s woman is blonde and Catholic. He subsequently meets her and marries her. 5 or so years later they are walking down to a beach and run into Maud. For some reason the wife knows Maud, but won’t say. The engineer is convinced that there is something there, but decides that if he pushed the matter it would only cause problems. Instead he simply explains away Maud by saying that she was his last fling.
Now this film was the third in director Eric Rohmer’s six moral tales. I am sure there is a lesson to be learned, but I couldn’t derive it from the film. As it is the film isn’t boring, but I can’t say much else that is good about it. I will revisit the film later like I did Nostalghia, but until then approach this film with caution.