| Glossy 1960s Student Rebellion Screed Mixed With Cliched Romance
The contemporary 1960s issue of student rebellion is used as an eye-catching background for a routine love story told in vague-ish, voguish cinematic terms. The glossy color photography shows the heroine, a French student in Prague, from all the right angles. Although the film pretends to explore her ideas of political and romantic independence, it doesn't really get beyond her fashionable good looks. The Czechoslovakian filmmakers have borrowed quite a bit of the look and feel from Hollywood anti-establishment movies of the era, including all the visual gimmicks and the bad idea of combining student rebellion cliches with a dumb romance, a la THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT.