Over 2 hours in length in black and white. What to expect? It could be pretentious. But it’s not.
This film has everything I look for in the cinema. There is the protagonist: conflicted, entrapped in his own personality and indolence. Seemingly passive but in the end turns out to have had a clear agenda all the way. There is romance, there is love, there is quest for the sense of life and plenty of literature references (such as e.g. the original French title is a nod to Blaise Pascale’s “Les provincials”).
It’s set in Paris, so there is a lot of smoking, long discussions into the night over bottles of wine and traces of things that other metropolises do not have. There is also love and its diverse faces and measures. One of those films that leaves you thoughtful and pensive for a long time. Funny enough, we get asked one question throughout the film “why making films?”. Well this one provides a decent answer.
A thriller wherein the emotions grab you by the throat.
Young man’s struggle with life, love, duty towards his father and desperate attempts at saving the family agricultural business.
What originally begins as long exposition, ends up a masterpiece of managing the audience expectations at exactly the right pace.
Feature debut and a really good mature film.
This film has been granted the FIPRESCI award, was the runner up in the Main Competition and got also appreciated by the Youths Jury during Off Plus Camera 2013, which drew to an end last Sunday (April 21st) in Krakow, Poland.
Ombline is a private story of a young woman who finds out she’s pregnant after she has been arrested and put in jail for assault on a police officer guilty of the death of her late husband.
The plot circles around Ombline and her helplessness for most part of the film, but then she undergoes a transformation, bringing hope to people like her – flawed because of the circumstances she had to face as a child from troubled family.
Cazes worked on this feature debut of his for several years which is in a way reflected in the pace of the film – full of perfection, attention to detail and unforgettable lighting.
The beauty of the main actress does not allow for taking the hypnotised eyes off the screen.
It is sentimental, it is naive and it is slightly unreal. But – why not have a sentimental prison story for future generations.
Definitely worth my time.
An important, daunting film. Avidly written, formidably made. A cinematic story with an alarming amount of suspense. With beautifully talented Mélusine Mayance (b. 1999), mature and wise Kristin Scott Thomas and several good supporting roles.
The film feels made by a master-auteur. The dramaturgy is classically cinematic and excellently managed.
A must-see for every European and American as this is part of our shared history. This film is necessary because it’s important and cathartic – to paraphrase a line dropped halfway through the feature. I totally agree. It is not as brutal and crude as many other films touching upon the topic of extermination of Jews during World War II. It is shocking at points, but still an important position on the list this summer.