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Romance (1995)

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Art House & International movie directed by Catherine Breillat

The great advantage of growing up French is that you can be absurd without ever knowing it. In Catherine Breillat's sexually explicit drama, Marie (Caroline Ducey), a dark teardrop of a girl who is spurned by her live-in boyfriend, drags herself without … see full wiki

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Director: Catherine Breillat
1 review about Romance (1995)

A deep, surrealistic film, that just wasn't interesting.

  • Feb 3, 2006
This is clearly a film that inspires great reaction, hardly surprising considering the subject matter. However, like many other critics here I feel that if you take away the sex you are left with a deeply uninspiring film that coasts along on cod philosophy without courage or depth to explore true emotions.
It's not that I disagree with the director's take on cinema, in many ways she is doing brave and important things. I just wish that she would do them better, and put them in a more relevant context. Breaking the boundaries of cinema should always be done; we should rail against a system which finds the thought of an erect penis shocking while the gore of a thousand horror films is commonplace. However, can't you have an interesting story as well?

The acting is uniformly wooden. The actors are given admittedly little to work with, but the long lingering stares and fixed expressions fail to convey any emotion other than an ennui which I found affected the message of the film. How can this woman talk about passion, she doesn't look as though she has experienced a moment of passion in her life. Even the imagery was uninspired, though admittedly beautiful and very well done. A woman in a red dress in the center of a room, a white bedroom, accompanied with white cat. All are attractive to see, but so predictable they are empty signifier.

Perhaps too much thought has gone into this film, perhaps too little. It seems to be little more than a manifesto for pushing back the boundaries, and only a film which connects to people on more levels will ever be truly successful in that objective.
While I appreciate that this is a very stylized piece of cinema, I found the experience of watching people behave so unrealistically is quite boring. A strange film at all, but also very fascinating and interesting executed - as long as you can put up with its long dialogue-sequences, the sometimes metaphoric style and the fact that "Romance" is quite difficult to watch... Not the kind of stuff you're normally used to enjoy as pure entertainment, because you'll need time and nerves to sit this through..!

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