Through the Forest (À travers la forêt) (2005)
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Told in ten "chapters," each composed of a single tracking shot, Jean-Paul Civeyrac's Through the Forest opens on Armelle (Camille Berthomier), who blissfully awakens from a night of passion with her boyfriend, Renaud (Aurelien Wiik). She gets up, opens the curtains, lets the sunshine in, and sings a happy song to her man, trying to coax him out of bed. But a moment later, he's vanished and the room has gone dreary and gray. It turns out that Renaud died in a motorcycle accident some time ago, and Armelle remains tormented by these frequent encounters with what she can only believe is his ghost. One of her sisters, Bérénice (Alice Dubuisson), involved in a frustratingly noncommittal relationship herself, refuses to take Armelle's claims seriously, while her other sister, the flighty Roxanne (Morgane Hainaux) encourages Armelle to visit a medium (Mireille Roussel). The medium proves to be of no help, but while she's there, Armelle sees a young man, Hippolyte (also played by Wiik), who bears an uncanny resemblance to her lost love. Through the Forest features the music of Antonin Dvorák, Charles Ives, and John Cage. It was shown at the 2005 New York Film Festival, presented by the film society of Lincoln Center. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Through the Forest (À travers la forêt)
Civeyrac's moody sixth feature combines genre movie thematics (and B movie frugality) with a bravura narrative structuralism.
[The film's] lingering philosophical eeriness may seem like Tarkovsky-lite to some, but it's undeniably an hour well-spent under the tutelage of an under-represented auteur.
Quick, what's the first thing you do as a director trying to make yourself seem cool, besides editing the movie backwards? Right! You shoot your scenes in one continuous shot.
A quixotic film of tone-poem rhythms about the unquenchable desire for lost love.
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