Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within) (1963)
as Alain Leroy
as Mademoiselle Farnoux
as Dr. La Barbinais
as Madame La Barbinais
as Francois Minville
as Jerome Minville
as Cyrille Lavaud
Critic Reviews for Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within)
Highly introspective, often tenderly touching and sometimes tediously redundant.
The film is a triumph of style. It is quiet and indicative. It doesn't explain a lot, but we understand a lot about it all the same.
It's a penetrating study of a man at the end of his rope, and a searing re-creation of a social milieu.
To be frank, Fire Within devastated me when I saw it in college, but the unrelieved ennui that struck me as scrupulously honest and brave then looks one-note and aimless to me now.
Audience Reviews for Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within)
who could leave paris and all those women one has/hasn't fucked? oh the gorgeously shot ennui. extra star for la moreau and her opium den
[font=Century Gothic]Talky and episodic but refreshingly downbeat, "The Fire Within" starts with Alain(Maurice Ronet) staring at Lydia(Lena Skerla) after they have had sex which I am sure has nothing to do with her writing him a check so he can pay off old gambling debts. Alain has been sober for four months and is in a treatment program in Versailles with a wife in New York. He has been in the clinic so long that people are starting to worry about him. Rightfully so, considering that since he has been sober, he has not been able to write anything, becoming obsessed with death and going so far as to contemplate suicide, choosing the following day as the big day, when he also plans to go into Paris to visit old friends.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]As with most addicts, it seems there is more wrong with Alain than simply his substance of choice which he conveniently blames all of his problems on. In the harsh light of day, his life does not look any better than when he was drinking all of the time.[/font]
A languid, contemplative film about the profound unhappiness of a suicidal man. Louis Malle's direction and Maurice Ronet's understated performance dissuade the film from ever acquiring the tired cliche of romanticized misery. It's a stark, bleak picture with plenty of empathy for the state of its protagonist, but it doesn't shy away from the ugliness of the subject matter or bask in cinematic manipulation. Crisp, fluid photography and a sparse but beautiful score by Erik Satie are so perfectly condusive to the tone of the character's descent, and by the end the poignancy plays itself out naturally rather than forcing itself upon the audience. An instant favorite of mine. Highly recommended.
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