Ismael's Ghosts ★★★½


It's definitely got a Vertigo thing going, but by mentioning Pola X, which also has its own Vertigo fixation, I sort of hope that gives people the right idea. Desplechin still handles his cinephilia much more interestingly and at a greater remove than a lot of his peers, which is why I can't ever bring myself to put him in a school/class/grouping. He's completely out there on his own, even if so many other French directors started around the same as he did. And this film is the craziest thing he's done in a while, but still very much HIM. I loved it even as I saw it wasn't as wholly satisfying as I know he's capable of being.