Andre Techine, C or D?

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By my count I've seen nine of his features, the best of which are Les Voleurs, Ma Saison Preferee (both Deneuve/Auteuil) and his most recent dawn-of-AIDS drama, The Witnesses, followed by Wild Reeds and Strayed. Some slur him as "middlebrow," but Kent Jones finds he has "a novelistic sense of story, a musical sense of rhythm, and a filmic feeling for the beauty of people in motion. I think his toughness is the main reason for his relative invisibility in America, where we customarily expect cinema to provide us with some sort of comfort."


Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 23 July 2008 14:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Wild Reeds is the closest he's come to a great film, and holds up very well. The Witnesses isn't at its level, but I admire his glancing depth, which is very much a Jean Renoir trick and one Ozon and Denis would do well to note.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 19:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Thoughts here.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 29 July 2008 19:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Did you think the Michel Blanc character ever actually had sex with Manu? I thought he was just willing to fund him for the proximity.

I should see it again, the distributor stupidly sent out screeners thst were SQUASHED from widescreen for review last winter -- nuts.

And I still found Wild Reeds a lil too dewy around the edges.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 15:24 (fourteen years ago) link

It's difficult to say. They had no sexual chemistry, which is probably the point.

The dewiness in WR is in the young intellectual/homo, but Techine undercuts it with the surly Algerian and the oxen charm of the future Come Undone hunk.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 18:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Elodie Bouchez has been on "Alias"!

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 7 August 2008 14:19 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Girl on the Train not at The Witnesses' level, but pretty good.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:08 (twelve years ago) link

I saw The Witnesses. It WAS kind of middlebrow, tbh

"300" blows (admrl), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:13 (twelve years ago) link

in what sense?

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:23 (twelve years ago) link

I don't know... somewhat didactic melodrama? I didn't hate it, I just hated some things about it.

"300" blows (admrl), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:30 (twelve years ago) link

Hm. I find him the very opposite of didactic. In his latest film I wished he'd pressed harder actually...

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:38 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

New one (well, last year) opening soon in US, with Bunuel muse/Bond girl Carole Bouquet in lead. Euro reviews pretty divisive, seeing tonight.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 19:12 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

Unforgivable out on Netflix today.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 December 2012 13:49 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

His new one is a bit strange-- terrible English title, In the Name of My Daughter -- a character study sort of disguised as a noirish casino thriller. Based on a bizarre real-life case, it's cut faster than anything I've ever seen from him; the young actress Adele Haenel steals it, she's this year's "It" Femme apparently.

It ends up in court and old-age makeup, alas, but you also get to see Catherine Deneuve go from Ethel Barrymore-regal to singing "Stand by Me."

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:04 (eight years ago) link

Drat. The screening at MIFF is standby only tomorrow afternoon.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 14 March 2015 01:46 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Am watching tonight or tomorrow morning.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 29 May 2015 17:13 (eight years ago) link

OTM on the editing, which is noticeable immediately; but except for too soon a cut from the time Agnes demands money to open her store to actually opening it each scene gets its due weight.

You're right about the expendable last quarter.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 30 May 2015 22:25 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

new teenboy hate-at-first-sight romance, co-written by the Girlhood auteur

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 9 October 2016 07:36 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Thomas is such a great character in this. His run in the mountains at the end is a kind of liberation, I guess, but even his earlier snowy trudges felt triumphant to me.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:16 (six years ago) link

Film of the year.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:20 (six years ago) link

My favorite film of 2016.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 02:15 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

I've been watching his films starting at the beginning. Wild Reeds is maybe the best one so far I think but a lot them are good. I most recently saw Changing Times, which is interesting in its extreme close-ups, ever-moving camera, fast dialogue, multiple storylines and seemingly disorganized representation of events. I haven't gotten to any of the ones since 2004 yet

Dan S, Sunday, 10 November 2019 01:07 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I really liked The Witnesses

Dan S, Sunday, 24 November 2019 01:46 (three years ago) link

like BPM (Beats Per Minute) it is easy for me to relate to, it is a movie about events that defined my life

Dan S, Sunday, 24 November 2019 03:14 (three years ago) link

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