Thursday, 19 April 2007

Les Amants réguliers (2005) - Philippe Garrel

There is another short clip from this film on youtube HERE

I'm not going to write much on this film, not much at all - i just felt i had to blog an entry on how, more than a film, Garrel's 180 minute mélange is an endurace test of the highest order. Seriously: people who make it through all three hours of this abysmal work in one sitting deserve some congratulations and - preferably - a medal.

Set in 1968 Paris it's really not clear what this film is actually about, who it's about, what they do, or why. Stuff happens - albeit sporadically - but as we never really get to know any of the characters it becomes impossible to care about any of the events occuring onscreen. I'm sure there are thick layers or visual metaphor and symbolism, and undoubtedly the film is filled with references to the nouvelle vague (even if the film's style itself seemed closer to Italian neo-realism) plus messages on the nature of artists and politics but for me it remains the embodiment of the arty, pretentious crap that puts so many people off foreig cinema.

There are many many better ways to spend three hours than watch the awful Regular Lovers.

My advice: watch Prima Della Rivoluzione or The Dreamers instead.


jesse said...

Kind of a shame that you didn't like it--I loved it just as much The Dreamers, and feel no need to pick one or the other. I think it's a really nice counterpart to Bertolucci's film, and a rather masterful work of art.

Anyway, this is my first time here--I'm adding you to my links list.

-jesse (aka spinninginvertigo)

M said...

Reading my comments now i think i wrote them whilst still lumbering in full "resentment mode". Now, with a bit of time to reflect and having read a few glowing reviews of the film i can see more objectively there are elements that appeal to a large number of people. I'm not saying I'd watch it again in a hurry though (lol).

After seeing Garrel in a few films now, (The dreamers, Ma Mere and Les Amants Reguliers) i've not yet seen what i would consider a great [or for that matter, good] performance. He does "aimless drifting with a subtle sexual alure" quite well, but it seems so effortless that i can't actively like it. Maybe it's just a touch of resentment again (wish i looked that good on camera).

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