Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Inner Scar (1972)

Directed by Philippe Garrel
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

Nico is a distraught woman stranded on a bleak, windswept landscape, accompanied by a man who at first comforts her but later discards her. Left alone, she meets another man, naked except for his ever present quiver and bow. They walk around more bleak landscapes of ice and fire. A child enters the picture, but he is mostly ignored. Nico and the archer separate near a waterfall. Beautiful imagery, even haunting, but nearly plotless. The soundtrack by Nico is an acquired taste, her accent and monotone grating after awhile, much like the film itself. In English, French and German with no subtitles, at the insistence of the director, but based on the English dialogue, we're probably not missing much.

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