Monday, August 11, 2014

Film Capsule: Leos Carax's Boy Meets Girl (1984)

Boy Meets Girl (1984)

Directed by Leos Carax

This debut feature by the most progressive of the post-nouvelle vague generation of French filmmakers took a lifetime of cinematic devotion and riffed lovingly on the tenets of melodrama and doomed love alike. It stars Carax’s career-long muse and surrogate Denis Lavant as a hopelessly conflicted young director who, after finding that his girlfriend has cheated on him, falls for the romanticized image of a friend’s ex-lover, a woman (played by Mireille Perrier) he’s never met but nonetheless sees as a conduit for emotional reconciliation. Carax stages their eventual convergence like star-crossed paramours, coming face-to-face if not by chance, then as a preordained occasion of pent-up passion and consequence. A narrative consistently pitting ennui against displays of unguarded emotion, and one likewise framed around an array of stylistic nods to forefathers such as Godard, Truffaut, and Resnais, can’t help but end like all great romances which came before—that is, in tragedy. (August 8-14, showtimes daily at Film Forum's Carax retro) [The L]

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