Wednesday, May 29, 2013

You ain't seen nothing yet

Director: Alain Resnais

Starring: Michel Piccoli, Lambert Wilson, Anne Consigny, Pierre Arditi, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Duperey, Sabine Azéma, Denis Podalydes

At the reading of the will after the demise of a well know author Antoine d'Anthac's (Denis Podalydes), a group of actors who have previously performed in the playwright's play "Eurydice" are gather together at a mansion tucked away in the Alpes-Maritimes mountains. In a lounge-like screening room their legacy is to appraise a video of the rehearsal of a new production of the play with young actors. The beneficiaries are soon overwhelmed by memories of their own youthful performances and start re-enacting them, interacting with both the video and one another. The deeper they get into their old roles, settings and perspectives start to perceptively shift. This is very clever works from the avant-garde film maker but despite the phalanx of French actors who play themselves wonderfully it is over long and hard going at times. Still worth the effort.

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