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La vie nouvelle (2002)

The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.
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Seymour
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Melania
Marc Barbé ...
Roscoe
Zsolt Nagy ...
Boyan
Raoul Dantec ...
The french man
Vladimir Zintov ...
Hired man
Georgi Kadurin ...
The sad man
Simona Huelsemann ...
Prostitute 1
Salvador Gueorguiev ...
Boyan's man 1
Ivan Velichkov ...
Boyan's man 2
Peter Petrov ...
Boyan's man 3
Diana Gerova ...
Prostitute 2
Bojka Velkova ...
Boyan's wife
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The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.

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An essay more than a film
26 September 2010 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Calling this film pretensious might be easy for someone not quite interested in the exploration Grandieux essays here. This film is more an essay than it is a conventional narrative. Praising it as boundary-breaking is also easy enough. The conflict between commercial features and artistic oriented films is there before this film and structures most of the reactions one will get from people who have watched it. This is as groundbreaking as a good narrative can be, it all depends on where your inclinations linger. But despite that, this film has some wonderfully achieved aesthetic gems. As for the plot, it's all about ambiguity and undefinition. It's about violence and lack of familiar bonds. All the exchanges between characters are troubled and not actual exchanges, power relations maybe. People are lost between sex and impotence, necessity and compulsion. Although there is no familiarity, there is an intense sexually ambiguous intimacy. It tries to suffocate you and in my opinion it is too deliberate in it, it tries to manipulate you through sound and frantic camera motion, taking it as far as to declare itself overtly ostentatious. It's excess. No problem there. I didn't find it a masterpiece. I won't say it isn't worth the look either. It's surely a quest for his own style on the part of Grandieux!


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