25 October 2008 | dbdumonteil
Passing the time..
"Les distractions" (what a title!)illustrates the point that Dupont is trying to imitate the big boys of the New Wavelet, and there is nothing new under the sun.A director from the "old wave" would have done this film very much the same way,except that the screenplay would have been tighter and more to the point;to this end ,Claude Brasseur deserves great recognition.Of all the actors ,he seems to be the least impressed with himself (the frames of mind and the existentialist torments)and he consequently turns in what is the most consistent and best performance in the movie:a jaded campaigner of a dirty war (the Algerian War),down on his luck and reduced to find some food in a pig's trough,the film could have been moving and successful ,had the screenplay focused on his character.
Unfortunately,too much time is given over to Belmondo's amorous adventures .A heart breaker,he seduces every girl around ,and one of them (a wasted Alexandra Stewart) is really in love with him ,and he doesn't care ,and... All this is N.V . filler ,with its almost arrogant cult of youth.Male friendship which was Melville's trademark in the fifties and the sixties isn't even properly treated here.
Like this? try this....
Le Belle Vie ,Robert Enrico ,1962