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Cold War

Don't Believe the Hype

(Edit) 04/03/2020

Don't normally write reviews but this film is over-rated. Director's previous film, Ida, was excellent. Here, the political stuff is OK, & the black & white photography is competent -- surely we can expect that! The problem is that there is no chemistry between the star-struck lovers & their relationship is unbelievable & indeed irritating rather than engaging. Who cares.

So the older man makes a fool of himself over a younger, bruised-looking blonde with a past. But what's in for her. He is quite dull, specialised in silent vacuity & spends his life carrying round round a battered suitcase. Her sulky, moody behaviour gets tedious. It's one of those films where you keep thinking -- why would anyone do that? Eg., why would the man risk life imprisonment by returning to Poland to be with a moody brat who has already rejected him & tried to emasculate him. I was fast-forwarding from half-way.

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Pickpocket

Don't Bother

(Edit) 14/02/2018

Bresson is the darling of critics and indeed French film makers. But this is one of the most solemn and boring of his films. The main character tiwtches & grunts his way through his uninteresting criminal caree, keeps a dull diary & pontificates about the need for supermen and criminals to bring about human progress. Weirds. I love French movies of the 30s-60s but I fast=forwarded this so much the agony was soon over.

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