A bit unsettling stylistically, in that it has a bit a of "TV movie" look, for lack of a better way to express it - a bit overlit, with weird rythm in its editing, especially in the first part... but as it goes along, Fassbinder explores how individuals deal with profound historical changes, a story of survival wrapped in a tragic love story as well as an exploration of the relation between prositution (meant figuratively) and art. The highlight here would be the Wehrmacht party in Poland, where you can see the weaponization of culture (especially folk culture) by the Nazis in a particularly unsettling context.
As soon as an initial title card came in to explain there would be differently-colored subtitles for different languages, I thought I was going to absolutely love this one, as films that deal with language in this way are definitely a weak spot of mine, as superficial as that may seem. In the end, this is very self-consciously a "great film" that falters a bit by growing ever more didactic and forceful as it goes on, where I'd rather have…
Did not expect to love this so much. Intense, melodramatic but also very funny. The acting is the film's biggest strength : both Bercot (who won at Cannes) and Cassel give electrifying performances as a couple falling in love and the abusive, unhealthy realtionship that's born out of that. That makes it sound dreary, but one of the things I appreciate is how Maïwenn comes back to how well these two characters work together, how exhilarating life becomes in the…
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A truly strange film, and a very uncomfortable one to watch for me. Jonathan Cohen's character, the ostensible protagonist, is engaged in truly despicable behaviour (impregnating his wife who doesn't want to have children without her knowing), which I do think the film recognizes, but it's still treated as kind of wacky and funny... and when the film shifts towards Marina Foïs, it ends up with a pretty pat "isn't creating life beautiful, even if the circumstances suck" ending which…