Irma Vep's director, Olivier Assayas, evinces a love of the process that's nearly as palpable as Truffaut's.
Slender but appealing.
A delightfully nonchalant movie, complete with some nice satirical barbs aimed at contemporary French film culture, and fine performances throughout.
Minor but witty.
| Original Score: 3/5
As effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast.
A film of such spontaneity, freshness and breezy chaos that you feel as if it were assembled from happy accidents and inspired, seat-of- the-pants improvisation.
| Original Score: 3/4
Scripted in ten days and shot in less than a month, the film unravels like a delirious piece of automatic writing, though in this case the sinister implications apply to a very different world -- our own.
| Original Score: 4/4
Assayas turns the camera on the behind-the-scenes process, and the results are both comic and revealing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Assayas demonstrates an assured light touch here, drawing expert comic performances from Cheung, Richard and Ogier while using a 16mm hand-held camera to lend the film a live, experimental quality.
Movies about making movies are never quite as interesting as the people who make them think they're going to be.
It's a languorous love ballad, and a daring one, about the way moving pictures move, the way they hold light, the way they steal from us when we're not looking.