Sunday, April 10, 2016

Vous n'avez encore rien vu (2012)


Cannes Film Festival 2012

Palme d'Or
Alain Resnais

Kino Lorber
Directed by Alain Resnais
My rating: 3 stars out of 4

A dozen or so actors are summoned to the mansion of an old friend and playwright for the reading of his will. Instead, they are shown a film of amateurs performing a play they had each previously had a part in themselves. Soon, they are reciting the lines with multiple performers in the same role. Eventually the emphasis is on a handful of them and the original film is nearly forgotten. It is a story about two new lovers who aren't sure if their relationship will last, their hopes keeping them together but their fears, and things unspoken but revealed, driving them apart. It is a dialogue-intense drama taking place on mostly computer generated sets, giving the whole thing a surreal feel. Despite the cheesy synthesizer score and holodeck appearance of the sets, it works, due to the fine acting and Resnais' masterly touch.

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