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





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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, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Horror
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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.

Brian Seitzman
Brian Seitzman

Absolute and utter rubbish, gets two stars only because some of the women are attractive (Marie Espinosa). Who would say this is the same Alain Robbe-Grillet who wrote such interesting novels and whose screenplay is the basis of 'Last Year at Marienbad'? He really shouldn't have tried directing. He falls into the same lazy antics as other ageing European auteurs who exploit their position (and, I suspect use the opportunity to look at beautiful young women) to pass off soft porn as art. And Arielle Dombasle looks like she was cut from a large block of pale blonde wood. She should be sold at Ikea.

Arin D
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