Saturday, November 01, 2014
Aimer, boire et chanter (Directed by Alain Resnais; Written by Alan Ayckbourn, Laurent Herbiet, Alain Resnais, and Jean-Marie Besset)
In the midst of rehearsals for a new play, amateur dramatics proponents Colin and Kathryn receive the shattering news that their friend George is fatally ill and only has a few months to live.
Starring: Sabine Azéma, Hippolyte Girardot, Caroline Sihol, Michel Vuillermoz, Sandrine Kiberlain, André Dussollier, Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi
My thoughts on this film: In this movie by late Alain Resnais, the scenarios are totally fake, and so are the landscapes, giving it the burlesque feel of the play itself. The humour tends towards the British kind filled with analogies and second meanings.
The acting is superb, and so is the story, although the same scenarios over and over again tend to make your mind wander... I must confess I was struggling to pay attention by the second half of the movie.
However, there is so much you learn from this regarding life and its true meanings from a director who has just left us. Maybe a final goodbye? Some words of comfort? To quote the movie, 'it's always those full of life that leave us while the dull ones remain behind'!