I was caught off guard by how this really doesn't feel anything like the work of a Palme-winning festival darling. More than that, it's utterly compelling, inspired, invigorating and even daring in its style and narrative design. Its protagonist is troubling and troubled, thoroughly unpleasant to spend three hours with and yet wholly fascinating. He feels like a literary character rather than a cinematic one, maybe stripped out of Dostoevsky, but the way we experience him and his psychological state…
Disjointed shot / reverse shots, adults unable to look at each other and therefore themselves. Trust in oneself as manifested in how we see ourselves reflected in strangers' eyes. One of the great relationship films—made unique and special by its focus that keeps us in a brisk trajectory of a love life freed from context and tropes. Denis, one of the true existential filmmakers, whose films seem to exist not as questions nor messages but in the space of living itself.