jean-louis trintignant (talking about him in particular because i'm waist-high in his filmography at the moment and also this is one of the greatest films i've seen in my whole life and am otherwise at a loss for words, lmao) is probably the only person who could pull off this particular role because of his ability to play both deep repression, desperation, and cowardice as much as cool stoicism—he shifts effortlessly between having a character who is the former perform…
i was so worried about this one, mainly because in his letters truffaut talks about wanting to make this film for five years (he signed on to direct this project in either 1960 or 1962 i think, then spent such a long time working on the script while financing for the project was happening in the background, that eventually he decided to take a break to write and direct THE SOFT SKIN because the adaptation part was so exhausting to…
i dont understand how they managed to turn such a complex book about relationships and class and age into something so vapid??? where are the conversations and why did i spend so much time watching people send each other texts 🙃 i did lol when nick sends frances a joanna newsom song and frances listens to it until joanna’s voice comes in and then she immediately shuts it off like why does this show hate joanna newsom akdjskska anyway this was boring and like 4 episodes too long
i keep forgetting to log things i've watched for work but i probably watched this doc in its entirety like 3 times (i'm working on closed captions for the criterion channel it is very cooL). anyway good doc about what southeast asian refugees faced in the U.S. after the vietnam war.
i am simply thinking about:
1) al pacino’s entrance in the film is that he is looking at a tabloid photo of adam driver and lady gaga and he says, “whaaaat is thiiIIiissss”
2) a character alive, saying a thing, cut to IMMEDIATELY, that character dead in casket alskdks it made me laugh
3) lady gaga really hamming it up sucking on a spoon she used to stir her coffee
so silly, somehow adam driver is the least unhinged person…
maurice is one of my favorite films because it isn't afraid to exist within duplicities. it is delicate and messy, heartbreaking and joyous, precise and passionate. i love every second.
something i noticed on this viewing is the film's theme of what is natural vs. what is unnatural. maurice is constantly surrounded by plants, greenery, and other parts of nature; for example when he and clive lie in the field together, it is a moment when both characters are doing…