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La Pointe Courte (1955)

La Pointe-Courte (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 January 1956 (France)
There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a ... See full summary »

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Agnès Varda

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Agnès Varda
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Cast overview:
Philippe Noiret ... Lui
Silvia Monfort Silvia Monfort ... Elle
Marcel Jouet Marcel Jouet ... Raphäel Scotto
Albert Lubrano Albert Lubrano ... Albert Soldino
Anna Banegas Anna Banegas ... Anna Soldino
André Lubrano André Lubrano ... Dédé Soldino
Rossette Lubrano Rossette Lubrano ... La femme d'Albert
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There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a couple - He is from La Pointe Courte, she is Parisian - coming to terms with their changing relationship. Written by Alison Smith <mla22@cc.keele.ac.uk>

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 January 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Pointe Courte See more »

Filming Locations:

Sète, Hérault, France

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Ciné Tamaris See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The director said she was inspired to create a film based on two different stories alternating with each other, from reading an American novel with a similar structure, Wild Palms by William Faulkner. See more »

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Beautiful but quiet
19 January 2019 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

Highlights:

  • Visually often very beautiful.


  • The exploration into marriage and what happens to a relationship after the initial thrill, discovery, and romance phase transitions into less pyrotechnics, and just knowing the other person almost as a part of yourself. The woman (Silvia Monfort) misses what she once had, whereas her husband (Philippe Noiret) is more content, and the two talk about it in very honest ways.


  • The film seems to be right at the nexus of Italian neorealism and the French New Wave, with interesting aspects of each. It shows us the world of these (real) working class fishermen with their homes filled with kids, and does so with the flair of creative technique. Hooray it was made by a woman director, Agnès Varda.


  • Loved the jousting scenes in the canal.


  • Also loved the black cat doing an impromptu stretch in the background of one scene, effectively stealing it from the couple.


Lowlights:

  • The story is lacking. There's a point in putting the cultural traditions of the fishing villagers and their occasional struggles with life side by side with this couple's difficulties in the cultural tradition of marriage, but the connective tissue is tenuous, and there isn't a lot going on here that's truly compelling.


  • While the marital conflict is interesting and the dialogue explores it reasonably well, the way the actors deliver their discussion is so passionless it's as if they were sleepwalking through their roles. I believe it's meant to reflect the state their relationship has gotten to, but I think it was carried a little too far.


  • The score is weirdly jaunty, and it's awful. It's almost as if the newness of the film style made figuring out what type of music would go with it a mystery, either that or it was an attempt to breathe life into what is a pretty quiet film. Either way, it doesn't work.


  • Did we need the shot of the dead cat?


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