The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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While I have to acknowledge Garrel's skill, the film, which actually has its compelling moments, falls somewhat flat.
Garrel's work is indebted to silent cinema style, but his recent films have shown a real flair for dialogue too.
"A Burning Hot Summer" failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence.
There are spirited moments, notably Angèle's torrid dance with another man at a party. But the film's observations are surprisingly retrograde, even absurd.
Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time.
A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order.
I have never seen a Garrel film untouched by grace, and A Burning Hot Summer is no exception.
The Louis Garrel character's mixture of self-containment and alleged possessiveness over his wife fails to convince, if not to irritate.
Though shot in swanky color, the film retains the alternately trying and invigorating starkness of the director's recent, black-and-white efforts.
Although Angèle's religious faith and Frédéric's belief in luck seem like strained attempts at adding heft to the material, the film nevertheless works up a potent dramatic restlessness...
This existential-romantic roundelay barely simmers, and certainly doesn't scorch.
In "A Burning Hot Summer," Paul(Jerome Robart) meets and falls in love with Elisabeth(Celine Sallette) while both are day players on a movie about World War I. Soon after, they visit Paul's friend Frederic(Louis Garrel), an artist, and Frederic's wife Angele(Monica Bellucci), in Rome.
And that's pretty much it for any kind of story with "A Burning Hot Summer." In fact, the only kind of drama involves a huge rat, as everybody sits pretentiously around while waiting for the inevitable to happen. I mean this movie is so slow I thought my DVD player was skipping a couple of times but alas no.
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