I've watched 'The Rendezvous' the first time last October at the premiere of the Zurich Film Festival, and again a few days ago at a private screening. My impression was confirmed: Yes, it's a small film but one with tremendous reverberation! Indeed, who hasn't experienced it: A date full of hope going wrong. In most cases that's the end of it. The two don't see each other again. Everything deleted, including their Facebook friendship.
Director Curt Truninger goes one step further in his film: As much as Jackie (a fantastic Eva Birthistle) tries, no spark ignites between her and her date, Michael (Tim Dutton). Instead, slowly they start to demolish each others carefully constructed, illusionary personas. The botched date morphs into a striptease of the soul (german: Seelenstriptease). This is fascinating stuff, as the actors are excellent and the plot well-crafted. Pay close attention to the end
In an interview included in the book 'Adaptation', The Shooting Script, Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufmann said about the original screenplay, upon which "The Rendezvous" is based: "You can watch this very simple movie between two characters and, depending on your mood, see different things in it every time".
After watching 'The Rendezvous' twice by now, I do agree....and by the way: the film is also really funny.
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