A charming feature that could have been from Rohmer, but here the audience has to be intelligent at the very least, like a shrink who can see beyond classic patterns in order to identify the true individual signs. The story is filmed in real time, using often long sequence shots and by not using shot reverse shots: dialogue can't be here improvised, even if they ring true since the performers wrote most of it.
"On montait les marches à la Merveille -to the wonder-"
For his latest movie, Malick wanted to use a wonder, a defined place to illustrate his vision of Eden, where a man and a woman meet and stroll consciously, thinking about love between two tides : a rock in the middle of Normandy bay, le mont St Michel. The perfect place -very redundant, shape and symbolism wise- to illustrate a certain state of being clintched to the ground. A place…
After his first spark 'Shotgun Stories' and the confirmation 'Take Shelter', Nichols manages to reach a real maturity with his third film, visually and narrative wise. A coming-of-age story and a choral work remarkably performed by its cast, a real homage to Twain's work with this iconic setting: the Mississipi river.
In name only, the stream implies a world of wonderful and gritty tales, where shots of watered forests and overgrown vegetation could be found easily. The opening of the…