Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Charles, Dead or Alive (1969)

New Yorker Films
Directed by Alain Tanner
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

A successful businessman suffering a mid life crisis holes up anonymously in a Geneva motel room. After a few days his family reports him missing. He spends his time sleeping and getting drunk. He befriends a young couple in a cafe and they drive to their remote country house. They invite him to stay awhile and helps paint signs and cooks for them. His teenage daughter occasionally visits and she talks about her involvement with local political activists. His family eventually catches up to him and he is taken away to a mental hospital. Talky and politically dated, but still manages to address the timeless themes of the value and meaning of life in the modern world.

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