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Gradiva (C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle) (2006)

Gradiva (C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle)





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The revered and celebrated Alain Robbe-Grillet's supernatural drama C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle (AKA That is Gradiva Who Calls You) - a French-Belgian co-production - concerns John Locke, an art historian immersed in Asian research on the Marrakeshi casbah, accompanied by Belkis, his servant and mistress. Amid his studies of Eugene Delacroix, Locke repeatedly encounters a lithe, ethereal female presence in the city's medina (or Arabic quarter) who draws him seductively through the city's mazelike streets, again and again, but repeatedly vanishes. He then encounters Anatoli, a self-professed antique dealer and curator of Oriental artifacts for beginners itching for a challenge. Belkis persuades Locke to keep his distance from these individuals, but Locke blatantly ignores her admonitions and forges ahead - never quite realizing that the spirits are toying with him, and drawing him into a dead-end psychosexual black hole. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Horror, Art House & International
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On DVD: Aug 25, 2009


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Pretentious, tedious, cliche ,monotony about a biographer of Eugene Delacroix who has dreams about an executed woman connected with the artist while doing research in Morocco. A very interesting concept executed lifelessly by an inept but self-assured director. It's all dreams, and the director's use of dream "rules" leaves his film entirely inaccessible. Delacroix is mainly an excuse here; the dream imagery is entirely generic. The lead character is aloof and unlikable, and the whole film goes nowhere fast. Pretty but vapid film-making that insists on its own nonexistent cleverness. It was probably more entertaining to watch the paint dry on a Delacroix canvass than it is to sit through this dragged-out mess.

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