Bertrand Bonello's young-terrorist-band thriller NOCTURAMA

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Already panned on moral and aesthetic grounds by the NYT's AO Scott. I liked it very much.

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/4816-behind-closed-doors-a-conversation-with-bertrand-bonello

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 August 2017 16:40 (six years ago) link

J. Hoberman:

Nocturama, the French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello’s daring and controversial follow-up to his 2014 Yves Saint Laurent biopic, is even more relentlessly stylish than its predecessor—an abstract thriller predicated on its young characters’ fantasies of taking revenge on the system and, less consciously perhaps, of liberating its largesse. The terrorists are ciphers but the movie is only superficially shallow. At once timely and timeless, it sets the aftermath of two centuries of French history to a hypnotic, trancelike beat.”

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/08/09/the-terrorists-go-shopping-nocturama/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 August 2017 16:45 (six years ago) link

The Saint Laurent pic isn't particularly good – it reminded me of Star 80 in its use of fractured narrative to give a jolt to hokey material – but it sure was sexy.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 August 2017 16:48 (six years ago) link

I liked it; this is one level up.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 August 2017 17:11 (six years ago) link

(my fave by him is still probably the bordello movie)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1660379/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 August 2017 17:36 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

I didnt dig this.

"Oooh Im so full of ennui, lets blow up a bank!"

Its up on Netflix now btw

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:10 (six years ago) link

idk I liked it

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:03 (six years ago) link

but MB that's a plausible mindset of such characters

also some are sketched as politically driven tho ideological bullet points are few (it's not what Bonello wanted to focus on)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:35 (six years ago) link

I know social realism wasn't what he was going for but isn't it cowardly to strip their actions of all ideology? Especially in the second half, where the kids are portrayed as being in thrall to late capitalism/commodity fetishism. I mean there's truth in that but its a very surface level interpretation.

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:08 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

tremendous movie is this, nothing like I was expecting it to be.

calzino, Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:34 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

I blame David Lynch for this.

Sometimes It POLLS in April (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 April 2024 17:06 (two months ago) link

All kidding aside, this film was extremely Lynchian, down to the important of the Big O, but only in the best possible way.

Sometimes It POLLS in April (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 April 2024 17:07 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

the beast >>>>>>>

ivy., Sunday, 2 June 2024 21:28 (one week ago) link

It played here one week and I missed it :(

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 2 June 2024 21:29 (one week ago) link

nocturama and house of tolerance are on criterion channel. i watched the latter tonight. you should watch it asap, whoever you are

ivy., Sunday, 9 June 2024 03:46 (six days ago) link

all over letterboxd you will find ppl calling this guy's films "lynchian" but they don't remind me of lynch at all? like the beast obv has some elements pulled from the return but the soul is so different

ivy., Sunday, 9 June 2024 13:19 (six days ago) link

The Saint Laurent pic isn't particularly good – it reminded me of Star 80 in its use of fractured narrative to give a jolt to hokey material – but it sure was sexy.

― the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, August 11, 2017

I was wrong.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 9 June 2024 13:23 (six days ago) link

probably my favorite working director. nocturama and house of tolerance are esp incredible but he hasn't made a bad film imho

groovemaaan, Sunday, 9 June 2024 13:38 (six days ago) link

his intellectual curiosity reminds me of assayas, but even more perverted

groovemaaan, Sunday, 9 June 2024 13:48 (six days ago) link

The end sequence in a surreal red bar with a Roy Orbison song on the soundtrack/jukebox def set off my Lynchometer

The Beast in the Jungle is such an interior story that a ‘faithful’ adaptation is impossible to imagine, but I felt the Jamesian element got lost as the film progressed, to the detriment of its narrative momentum/oomph.

Ward Fowler, Sunday, 9 June 2024 20:17 (six days ago) link

xpost mine, too.

completely suited to the horny decadence (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 9 June 2024 21:07 (six days ago) link

s/b xxpost

completely suited to the horny decadence (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 9 June 2024 21:08 (six days ago) link

This reminded me of Chris Marker - apocalyptic Paris, time travel, the Vertigo- style obsessive memories of love. I think Bonello has said there was an entire strand in 30s Berlin they had to cut - would have preferred that over the LA sequence, which didn’t quite work for me.

Piedie Gimbel, Sunday, 9 June 2024 21:18 (six days ago) link

I loved La Bete, got no criticisms at all.

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Sunday, 9 June 2024 23:50 (six days ago) link

other than it was way too consistently horny!

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Sunday, 9 June 2024 23:51 (six days ago) link

Borowczyk La Bête or Bonello La Bête?

Ward Fowler, Monday, 10 June 2024 06:34 (five days ago) link

Bonello. Wasn't trying to be fancy with the French title, it was a French dvd rip of it I watched.

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Monday, 10 June 2024 06:51 (five days ago) link


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