The American Friend

The American Friend ★★★★★

3rd time. One of my favorites!!! A few notes: I love it's cinematic language of a paranoid criminal. It's a bit JP Melville-esque. And the son! With the moving image of the train above his head in his bed and the scene where he looks at Jonathan through his hand, I love it's symbolism of a child's curiosity and optimistic anticipation for the future, unlike Jonathan. Also, the fact that at the beginning, Jonathan is a framer who values authenticity and crosses paths with Tom Ripley as an art forger. And the moment they cross paths in the slightest, Jonathan is brought into this life of crime. And there's this incredible yet sad arc of moral descent.

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