Nenette and Boni (Nénette et Boni) Reviews
As in the later 'L'Intrus', Denis here steadfastly avoids nearly all of the conventional filmic tropes for signaling shifts into unreality, making 'Nenette' seem as oneiric as it is raw and direct. Colin, Tedeschi, and Houri make lovely subjects for Godard's probing, almost autonomous camera; I really got to feeling like no dialogue could create as palpable a sense of intimacy as Godard's lucid images (there's a bit of Bresson in her studied cinematographic touch). Furthermore, the arrangement of the scenes creates surprisingly intense poignancy. Tedeschi and Gallo's romantic sequences for example are all the more touching in the relief of Colin's solipsistic masturbation (Denis makes character absences felt as deeply as presences). And then there's the extraordinary soundtrack. Stuart Staples' score is so well-attuned to the color and lilt of the cinematography, and his moving "Tiny Tears" theme is thankfully not abused -- in fact it's utilized perfectly (this viewer choked up a bit, anyway). Finally, the improbable ending gives the film real character and staying power. The effect is somewhat akin to that achieved by Lindsay Anderson in 'If...', wherein the film becomes intensely reflexive and the deep-seated, anomic impulses of the subjects flower into surreal spectacle. It's somehow both moving and frightening.
I really can't recommend this movie enough. It's certainly the most accessible Denis work I've yet seen, and it's perhaps her most immediately engaging and humanistic study of sensuality. I look forward to making this masterpiece a more "open" secret than it is currently.
the main actors already played siblings in Denis' segment 'US Go Home' two years before. Loved that one as well ..