I’ll keep this extraordinarily brief as I feel slightly unable to put into context what I saw last night to a packed audience in the Cineworld IMAX in Dublin.
Bittersweet love affairs on film rarely go well, it’s just their nature. In Summertime, Carole (Cécile de France) and Delphine (Izïa Higelin) find each other in a time of social upheaval in the France of 1971. Friends, to begin with, Delphine becomes attracted to Carole when she moves to Paris and joins Carole’s women’s rights group. At first unsure of the attraction, Carole throws herself headlong into Delphine and whatever fate may bring. But Delphine’s country home life comes knocking and neither women can anticipate what happens next.
Directing a movie version of Moby Dick is hard, no doubt. It’s one of the greatest sea epics ever written. Some filmmakers have succeeded, some have failed. But directing the story of the story behind Moby Dick? It’s a tall order so the director and the cast would have to be good. In The Heart of the Sea is the story of an epic novel but it’s not an epic and people do it a disservice by expecting that.
I really can’t stand films that aren’t about something. Now, before you go off on one with me, let me explain: I’m not saying I need films to have a moral imperative at the centre of them. I mean if they don’t go anywhere with a good story or a great set of characters. Amour Fou seems to be one of these problematic films.