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