this is completely lovely. found the formalism slightly stifling, but its visually amazing and daring and the final 5 minutes transmogrify the whole thing into the sublime. its an ode to love and the creative spirit and how those may be one and the same.
as far as formal "historical attitudes threatening the love of lesbians" dramas go, i liked this a lot more than Carol
and yes, "that scene" in the middle is transcendent
I actually found the formalism appropriate because
the movie is like one of those neoclassical paintings in the movie, but in elongated cinematic form. And the amount of shots that are obviously recreating that style is just right, never too excessive.
I've been hyping this movie up to all my friends and then it turns out it's not coming to America until Febuary smh.
One specific thing element I admired about this movie
is how quiet it is. This movie doesn't really have a score. So when music is played, it's played during pivotal scenes of bonding, wanting, and at the end it powers a memory. I also love how Sciamma put so much life into the scenes thay you don't even notice a background score is missing. The last film I saw thay had no score was that Sleeping Beauty movie that starred Emily Browning and it was so boring. But here, the characters are so richly drawn, the scenery is so scrumptious, and every line of dialogue is so wonderfully written that you don't even take too much note of the lack of non-diagetic sounds.
“It’s a very bourgeois industry. There’s resistance to radicalism, and also less youth in charge. ‘A film can be feminist?’ They don’t know this concept. They don’t read the book. They don’t even know about the fact that ‘male gaze’ exists. You can tell it’s a country where there’s a lot of sexism, and a strong culture of patriarchy.”