26 July 2006

Quelque fois...

Sometimes, a film, no matter how good or bad it may be, just cannot connect with me. Today, I received Cassavetes' Opening Night and Maurice Pialat's Loulou in the mail from Netflix, popped Loulou in (which I had seen years ago), and promptly pushed the stop button twenty minutes in. It had nothing to do with the quality of the film, but my particular mood. I just couldn't bring myself to get into a Cassavetes-esque film after watching an actual Cassavetes film. Plus, how many times do I have to see Gérard Depardieu as the rugged French tough guy? And how many times do I have to see Isabelle Huppert slapped? Don't get me wrong, I could watch Huppert get slapped 'til the cows come home... but not today. So I did what I had to do: I sealed the envelope up and dropped it in the mailbox. Maybe another day.

3 comments:

Eric said...

10-4 Buddy. I watched all of Loulou and it didn't do much for me. In fact I was pissed at it while watching it. It's one of the reasons I decided to remove the other Pialat from my queue, which I did finally re-add.

Opening Night however was my first Cassavetes and it changed my life.

Should I watch Pialat as I would Cassavetes, or should I forget the comparison?

J said...

I certainly don't think one should look at Loulou the same way one would look at Opening Night, but they have a lot of similarities, though I'm not familiar with either of them enough to really go into any detail.

I haven't completely dismissed Pialat, as I was rather fond of À nos amours.

anne (wells) said...

DUDE, i felt the same way when i first saw 'loulou' in theatres a few months back, but then i realized in the last twenty mintues- the scene where huppert and depardieu are eating in a semi-pastoral atmosphere with depardieu's family- that i really loved the film. i forgot what my exact internal thought was that made me change my mind about the film, and this upsets me/i will think about it more and get back to you. the synopsis for 'loulou' in the gene siskel gazette containted a quote from what i hope to god was roger ebert that said huppert and depardieu are the sexiest couple in cinematic history. i laughed so hard, because the site of depardieu's huge body makes me want to barf. oh and a recent screening of 'show girls' changed my life for the better-forrrreal.