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The Inner Scar (1972)

La cicatrice intérieure (original title)
A composition of symbolic, surreal and almost mystic images.

Director:

Philippe Garrel

Writers:

Philippe Garrel, Nico (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nico ... The Woman
Philippe Garrel ... Man / Devil
Christian Päffgen Christian Päffgen ... Child / LittleBrother (as Christian Aaron Boulogne)
Daniel Pommereulle Daniel Pommereulle ... Sheperd
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A composition of symbolic, surreal and almost mystic images.

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Drama | Fantasy | Music

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Country:

France

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

2 February 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inner Scar See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film has no opening or closing credits. The director has forbidden subtitles in this film. The film was entirely filmed on location. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Woman: Where are you taking me?
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Connections

Featured in Nico Icon (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Janitor Of Lunacy
Composed and Performed by Nico
from the album "Desertshore"
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A work of art
11 December 2011 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

The landscapes used here are absolutely mesmerizing, to begin this on a positive note, a mixture of salty flatlands and volcanic deserts. And the ways the camera navigates them are also remarkable, the subjective motions against vast horizons.

But it is a work of art, no quotation marks required. Art as has evolved in the past century is nothing, in the sense that it is not anything, and is not required to mean anything beyond the means of expression. It hinges on the artist's selective framing, and usually some means to engage the curiosity of our gaze. But it does not need to be anything more than a urinal set up on a pedestal, to use the oft-quoted example.

Art being a two-way road of course, a kind of conversation, we are not required to engage it deeply. We can marvel as well as scoff, with all that is implicit in either. So I will let others tease out the symbolic quota of the film for some lengthy dissertation where the naked male rider stands in for whatever it is he does.

What I am interested in, is something that penetrates the soul of my being, tethers images and threads them in ways I wouldn't imagine. Images of some purity, by definition selectively framed, that expand into the world they are framed from; and in ways that address the subjective experience of framing by watching.

Naturally, dreams and myth have provided ample background from which to cull images. The idea is that we are treading the grounds of an unconscious sleep but which gives rise to the elements of life around us, a ritual sleep that matters because it supplies lucid form from waking life. It is something we can use to invigorate life again. Dreamlike imagery then can only matter as much as its imports.

There is none of that here, nothing lucid in the dreaming. It is at best a relaxing tone poem deriving most of its power from natural beauty recast as an internal landscape traveled by a man and a woman, but with now and then a different chord strummed in liturgic seriousness that tells us we're meant to be unraveling the vaguery for something of importance. I could not discern anything of importance, hopefully you will.


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