Monday, November 17, 2014

More Human than Human

Strayed (2003) - Techiné
 photo d2f05e2b-0b51-475d-a442-54744e07ea00_zps88c71645.png
 photo d2befbf8-5387-4ca7-9c62-6078b4fc2354_zps9d3b160d.png
 photo df41f715-50a9-4e66-926a-5b6a347511c5_zpse7697ee0.png
At first, this WWII drama progresses exactly the way it is supposed to be - a young pretty mother (Emmanuelle Béart) fleeing the war with her two children hooking up with a good looking, resourceful young man (Gaspard Ulliel) shacked up in a large abandoned mansion and playing family. A typical war time soap opera. Oooh la la. But Andre Techiné is a true master observer of subtle human emotions. People do unexpected things. Their actions defy their supposed roles. The intricacy of attractions between the two are much more complex than just primal or even logical. Strayed subtly, beautifully treads all these preconceived notions and have these beautiful feelings, desires and mutual understandings play out. Béart and Ulliel are superb in this.

No comments:

Post a Comment