Quarantino Film Fest: Screening #4
A French New Wave vacation piece that flirts with cinéma vérité tendencies as Rozier really focuses on the quotidian details that bring Du côté d’Orouët to life. Everything from the muted colors, the inclusion of "dead" moments that would typically be cut in other films, the loose camera work, and even the DIY-esque sound mixing all make this film burst with nostalgia.
For a film with a lengthy runtime, Du côté d’Orouët passes by as swift as the ocean's wind. Despite the aimless feel, these mundane and day-to-day moments come together to form something dynamic and human. While the overly serious romance subplot put a couple speed bumps in the pacing, I can say I really enjoyed my time with this film. If you love atmosphere/vibes and just want to snuggle up with a cozy bottle of wine, you'll find a lot to appreciate with this charming vacation story.