Ended on 2/22/2007

REGULAR LOVERS (Les Amants Réguliers) -  (unrated)

2005 - France - French (with English subtitles) - 178 minutes - Cinema Village

Directed by: Philippe Garrel

Featuring: Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Julien Lucas, Eric Rulliat, Nicolas Bridet, Mathieu Genet, Raïssa Mari


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Among French film-makers, no-one is quite as closely associated with late 60s counter-cultural revolt as Philippe Garrel, and in this autobiographical film, he returns to his spiritual home - the year 1968. The director's son Louis Garrel plays François, one of a crowd of intense jeunesse dorée who are involved in the fervour of May 68, then live through its anti-climactic aftermath. Following the abortive revolution, everyday reality hits the friends with a crash: François is hauled up for avoiding national service (his defence lawyer pleads that the army would impede his blossoming as a poet), and falls in love with sculptor Lilie (Hesme), while their well-heeled friend Antoine hands round the opium pipe. Shot in stark black and white by William Lubtchansky, this vivid evocation of a misunderstood golden age, of its ideologies and myths, combines bitter nostalgia and the cold breath of socio-political reality. At once personal Proustian reminiscence and a very public conjuring of ghosts, Garrel's film is as celebratory as it is melancholic. Heading a cast who look and act uncannily right for the period, Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) confirms himself as one of the most compelling new French performers of the moment.

"The transformative filmgoing experience of the last few months for me" - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"Exhilarating... Garrel is not just an artless aesthete, he is unexpectedly and intensely romantic-imagining and realizing a character who can die for love." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"The beauty of the film - the shimmering black-and-white tones and the purity of the compositions at once austere and harmonious - suggests that the director sees this layover less as a retreat into narcissism than a necessary journey into the self." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


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Posted by : VERUSHKA MUSIC Date Added: 12/22/2006 2:47:08 PMreport this post 
SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL...I LOOK VERY MUCH FORWARD TO SEEING THIS FILM XXVERUSHKA

Posted by : ZenMaster Date Added: 2/2/2007 12:01:37 AMreport this post 
This film was unnecessarily way to long, thus, the true aesthetic beauty was lost amongst the unbearable length. The director could of accomplished something more effective by cutting the running time on this film. However, the concept was pretty interesting, the black and white color scheme, the idea of revolutionary Paris in the late 60's, and most of all the celebration of youth and complexity of young love and the desire for hedonism and a sorta of immortality.

Posted by : ZenMaster Date Added: 2/2/2007 12:01:37 AMreport this post 
This film was unnecessarily way to long, thus, the true aesthetic beauty was lost amongst the unbearable length. The director could of accomplished something more effective by cutting the running time on this film. However, the concept was pretty interesting, the black and white color scheme, the idea of revolutionary Paris in the late 60's, and most of all the celebration of youth and complexity of young love and the desire for hedonism and a sorta of immortality.

Posted by : ZenMaster Date Added: 2/2/2007 12:01:37 AMreport this post 
This film was unnecessarily way to long, thus, the true aesthetic beauty was lost amongst the unbearable length. The director could of accomplished something more effective by cutting the running time on this film. However, the concept was pretty interesting, the black and white color scheme, the idea of revolutionary Paris in the late 60's, and most of all the celebration of youth and complexity of young love and the desire for hedonism and a sorta of immortality.

Posted by : ManInThePlanet Date Added: 2/22/2007 11:28:03 PMreport this post 
Ravishing film. Even when it hits a lull, it has more beauty, ideas, and creates a more lush viewing experience than almost any other film.

Posted by : BPH Date Added: 12/2/2007 3:33:44 PMreport this post 
If you found this film unbearbly long it was because you are uninformed about the history behind the cinematogrophy, every detail of this film was in its right place and the actual astetic is so chillingly represenative of the time and atmosphere of paris in 1968 that it has solidified a realistic portrait of a period which I have been so interested in. Also, a very special feature of the city is its sort of grey cast light which I thought was caught wonderfully here.

Posted by : mgr Date Added: 12/26/2007 6:51:38 PMreport this post 
This is the film of the century. It comes from the black, and it's inside this cinematografic family that lead Jean Vigo's L'Atalante and Bresson's Au hasard Balthazar. Absolutely masterpiece. One of the most beauty films EVER.

     Total Comments:  7   Lowest vote: 2  Highest vote: 5
Average Score: 3.4 out of 5
 

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