Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ophélia (1963)

Directed by Claude Chabrol
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Olive Films)

A young man is convinced that his mother and uncle killed his father in order to marry each other. He acts out in the hopes of exposing their crime, and even makes a short film about it, but instead comes across as annoying and just plain crazy. He flirts with pretty young Juliette Mayniel in the hopes of gaining her support in his fantasies, but other than returning with smiles does little to help. Shakespearean references notwithstanding, this early Chabrol drama is mostly a misfire. It does contain some enticingly beautiful imagery by cinematographer Jacques Rabier, who apparently made this one and only film.

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