Oddly, this movie was reviled when it first came out. It lacked the criterion of “relevance” of other movies, or so we thought. The student riots in Paris and elsewhere were all around us and there was something in the air. We thought this lacked politics, yet viewed in 2011, it has the last laugh.
Of all the movies of the era, this one wears amazingly well. Now improved via modern editing techniques, you feel the influence this has had on so many recent films.
It’s a saga of modern materialism and fits rather well into a world of “Big Brother” and reality TV. It shows the bizarre strands of hedonism, criminality and consumerism very well.
Of course, it helps that Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Jane Birkin are all utterly lovely and compelling to look at. Maurice Ronet is amazing as well.
Jacques Deray captures the magic of the south of France perfectly, as a metaphor of all that is wrong in modern life. His observation is keen and it all feels real.
It is all very beautiful and yet rotten under the surface. Crime is never far from materialism, Deray seems to be saying.
The plot is that two young lovers are visited by their friend Harry and his 18-year-old daughter. But the depth and meaning of this are magical.
See it, buy the DVD and get to it. There was no revolution but this movie shows what life became, in modern times.
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And a big thank you to the British Film Institute, for giving me so much joy.