Marvelous actors. Wonderful music. Subtle dialogues. A true masterpiece with 2 (may be 3 with Andre Dussolier) outstanding performances by Emmanuelle Beart et Daniel Auteuil. Finally a credible analysis of love - meaning not the stupid usual fare from Hollywood - with all its meanders, its non-linearities.
Part of my all times top 10 list.
Note : you need to watch it at least 3 times to grasp all the subtleties, the finesse of the dialogues. Also as so often the case with French movies the ending is open to the viewer's interpretation which makes the movie that more moving and special.
Note 2 : Fans of Hollywood type action movies please abstain.
There is no storyline. There is not one story but many and none of them is taken to a satisfying conclusion.
Frustrating : many good ideas potentially. The end result is a mess (ie not a documentary, not a film about golf, not a film about the relationship between the 2 main characters, not a father and son story...).
Charlotte Rampling was really beautiful... A subtle film on a subject treated so many times in the movie history. But this one is elegant and interesting not the least because of the very good actors. The characters have depth. Dialogues are good. Marvellous spots for the film shooting on the French Riviera. Definitely worth seeing.
A strong, courageous young girl who works hard as a maid and loves a young soldier. She saves all what she earns to marry him and get started in life. She is innocent with strong morals yet not stupid. She is a typical figure of SPain 50 years ago.
A young soldier. A weak character. Lazy, no clear morals. He is looking for good deals in life. He is influencable and selfish. His relationship with other minor characters (the commanding officer) suggests that he is a coward.
A mature woman who takes part in shady deals as a way of life. She has known many men before. She is lonely and looking for sexual experiences.
The film is fairly sensual. The characters are plausible. The acting is good.
A simple story. Like a fairy tale. Two main characters. Great acting with special applause to Jean ROCHEFORT. It is about love and senses (smells, odors, music, strokes...). It is also very funny. Most of the film takes place in the salon: we get an increased intimacy with the characters.
As all other Rohmer films Chloe is about feelings, emotions, dialogues, testing moral taboos.... Although I did not like all the acting - some minor characters are not very good and their acting looks artificial - the film keeps you intrigued till the end.
It is not a movie for the "masses" : there is no sex, no guns, no fights, no cops.
If this your idea of movies like it seems to be the norm in some countries west of Europe go instead to your local Blockbuster or Video Update and get the latest of Rambo, Lethal...,blah, blah, blah...
If instead you want to think then it is definitely worth seeing.
As with "Grosse Fatigue" the pair Michel Blanc / Carole Bouquet is at the center of the film. Lots of laughs. Subtle. Interesting characters even if sometimes it could be more subtle (eg : Michel Blanc's character is really extreme).
It is a simple film with everyday characters - except Greek and non-Greek. The clash between cultures is expected. One laughs frequently during the film. But it is a very likeable movie because all the characters are likeable.
If one wants to step back and reflect for a minute there is something to be said about the American culture and its tendency to try to absorb everything else.
Obviously here is a good counter example with different and refreshing values. One cannot help desire to move some place in the Mediterranean after seeing the film.
A welcome change from mainstream Americana (eg: Cruise / Pitt / Cage...).
Brilliant acting from a superb cast. Dialogues are great and subtle. Stephen Fry is a marvelous butler. Fans of "Mad Max 12" and "Lethal Weapon 123" pass your way ; it is not for you.... For the rest of the world, it is a good movie with a charming - though predictable sometimes - opposition between British and American values -and way of life...
Good actors - especially Russell Crowe. Good suspense. Interesting change of pace during the various parts of the movie - including the "war movie" part in the end. Certainly worth seeing: a cut above most new movies in the last 6 months. A fair sense of reality and "it could happen to you".
It is a rare feat to have a movie plot and music so complementary and interwoven. Great actors. Outstanding choice of music pieces. Great performers. It is difficult not to be fascinated by this movie. A must see and see again. Mahler's lieders will become forever unforgettable.
Probably one of the most moving movies in the history ; the more so because of the simplicity of the movie: no dialogs, B&W, a very slow pace and non professional actors. But from the first to the last minute it is about fate and courage and man. Do see it. You'll understand.