Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. ...
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As a man leaves his wife and daughter, a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tell the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision.
1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail... See full summary »
Four chapters based on the birth of a 'secret child', or a film, with chapter titles: "La séction Césarienne" (Caesarian section: a descriptive detail introducing the mother); "Le dernier ... See full summary »
Henri de Maublanc,
Andersen's "Little Match Girl", Bresson's donkey, the relationship between a German guerrilla and an Argentine pianist, and Helmut Lachenmann trying to stage an opera with the orchestra of ... See full summary »
Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. But the new girl in his life finds out that Manon has a lover. When she tells Pierre, the time comes for difficult decisions all round.
There's something so inherently simple about this film, something that may even come across as detrimental if one was to explain the entire plot summary to someone who was interested. They might think that it sounds really contrived and kind of like a ridiculous soap opera, but the key in making a film is always in its execution. In that respect, this film succeeds admirably. The screenplay is simple, but very nuanced and realistic, and the performances and the quiet, delicate direction only help add to that realism. Before you know it, you realize you've become really enthralled in these characters' lives. Very well done in all respects, and definitely recommended for fans of realism cinema.
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