1 October 2004 | oso_travis
Might be the French Film of the Year. Arnaud Viad makes this romantic tale achieve greatness and for some moments, perfection.
Clara et moi. Directed by Arnaud Viad. ***1/2
Probably, one of the best romantic films in the past ten years.
There are a few bunch of films that still can surprise you. Films made with a very small budget, no FX, and no twists or violence on them. Films without any sex on them but that can be very erotic and intense. "Clara et moi" is one of those films. I'm so grateful I've found it.
Praise should go to Viad, who wrote a delightful screenplay: it is so tender, yet it never gets corny; it is powerful, yet it does not sound overworked. Viad's fine direction, along with the gorgeous Digital Video photography (I'm not kidding, the film looks GREAT) are proof that you can have emotional depth and formal beauty on contemporary cinema. Viad's realistic approach knocks you out, because the feelings and emotions portrayed in the film become so truthful and intense.
Praise should go to the sensational leading couple. Julien and Julie are in their very fine shape. Wow! It is one of the finest chemistry and attraction that has been ever brought to the screen. J.Lo and Ben should learn something from them! I hope they (Julien and Julie, of course) get some nods at the Cesars, next year.
Don't miss it! You will deeply regret if you do so.