Category Archives: Melancholy

Histoire de Marie et Julien (The Story of Marie and Julien)

In the world of Marie and Julien life is not based on the tangible evidence we’ve been taught to trust. Characters are solid: they think, yet don’t feel; and they react. Legendary director Jacques Rivette places them in an educated … Continue reading

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Belle de Jour (Beauty of the Day)

Corridors of erotic fantasies help Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) navigate the confines of her private and public life. Or, as the original trailer says: ‘a divorce between the soul and the flesh.’ Séverine has been married to her doctor husband, Pierre … Continue reading

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La Jalousie (Jealousy)

Jealousy and infidelity stand close and intimate in Philippe Garrel’s slender, simple tale of an actor who moves out of the apartment he shares with his young daughter and girlfriend, and goes to live with his new love. So personal, … Continue reading

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Trois Couleurs: Bleu (Three Colours: Blue)

Sadness and love are a pure, strong song in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s first ‘movement’ of the Three Colours Trilogy. The music, scored by Zbigniew Preisner, and based around the Song for the unification of Europe (inspired by the Greek text of … Continue reading

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