Classic: Un Homme Et Une Femme – *1/2

Posted: October 1, 2014 in Drama, France, Romance, X1/2

After having spent a sunday with her daughter, who attends a boarding school in Deauville, a seaside town in Normandy, a Parisian widow misses her train back home. She meets a man, whose son also attends the same school and he offers her a lift back home. On the way back they get to know each other and decide to take the journey again together. Soon, a romance starts…

Not sure what the fuzz is all about. This movie won several awards (Golden Palm for best movie; best script and best foreign language film at the Oscars a.o.), but it fails to impress anno 2014. Maybe it just didn’t pass the test of time. A Brief Encounter manages to still captivate after all those decades and that’s an even older film. It’s interesting to see how these two characters meet by accident and how the romance starts by just being in each others presence from time to time. They learn from each other by talking about the present and the past, all shown to the viewer by means of flashbacks. And maybe that’s where it doesn’t work anymore now. These side-scenes are way too long and filmed with such a low budget that you only wish they had just been deleted entirely. The music (with its famous tune) adds to the charm, but the fact that all indoor scenes are in black/white and all the outdoor scenes are in color isn’t all that exciting. So, yeah, maybe it was a statement back in the mid sixties to give awards to a low budget movie from Europe as opposed to the big blockbuster movies made in Hollywood. Because in the meantime we’ve seen Before Sunrise, which is way better and got underrated.

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