Saturday, October 15, 2011
#218: Boy Meets Girl
Beginning with this movie, for the next 10 days, I will attempt to review movies being screened at the MAMI fest this year. I am following a format similar to my Decalogue reviews. The ratings, however, as in the case of Decalogue are not relative of each other.
Director: Leos Carax
Gist: A boy and a girl who have both been recently dumped meet each other at a party.
Script: Weak and staid. You're waiting for something to happen and by the time it does, the movie's lost you.
Acting: The lead pair of Dennis Lavant and Mirelle Perrier are convincing in their depressive manner of going about their business after being dumped. Dennis in particular who seems to be have maniacal streaks now and again has a sense of unpredictability about him that keeps you guessing.
Filmmaking craft: Leos Carax takes an awful amount of time to establish the connect between the boy and the girl and by that time, you've almost lost faith in the film's ability to hold your attention. One can't help but notice a Godard-ish touch to the whole affair especially the long conversations. Some of the frames are captured nicely by DOP Jean-Yves Escoffier and the film's black and white filming gives it that forlorn mood.
Piece de resistance moments: None.
In a nutshell: At 99 minutes, not worth your time