Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Woman in Blue|
Actors: Michel Piccoli, Lea Massari, Michel Aumont, Simone Simon, Marie Lasas
Director: Michel Deville
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
A young musician becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman dressed in blue. He spends his days and nights searching for her in the streets of Paris to no avail. Finally he seeks the help of a dear friend
Sans character development
K. Doyle | Los Angeles | 01/01/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"All we know about the protagonist in this movie for all but about the last 10 minutes, is that he attempts suicide by sleeping pills, and then via a flashback, that he is taken by a brief chance encounter with a "woman in blue" in a local shop and then becomes obsessed with finding her.
Most of the character development (what little there is) that goes on in this movie doesn't begin until 10 minutes till the end, when we finally get a little insight of what the character is feeling. Consequently, the movie really saves what little it has to say about dreams and love until then-- the director apparently being about as speechless and self-centered as the main character is.
In addition, the choice of soundtrack music often does not seem to reflect the mood of the scenes. While Pietro is a "musicologist," and much of the classical soundtrack is his choice of listening material, in the car, at home, etc., the tracks seem out of character with either the character's or the films moods. While one might argue that it shows the conflict in the character's emotions, a simpler and more plausible explanation is a director who's musical palette is as thin as the main character's emotional one.
I'd pass this one up-- mostly a waste of time. I had hope that it might instill some insights, perhaps new viewpoints about love, dreams and aging, but the movie in fact has very little to say..."
Chasing the Impossible Dream
F.M.Brewster | ORINDA, CA USA | 08/20/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Mario Piccoli plays a musicologist who is irresistible to woman and chases la grande inconnue all over Paris. I loved the Paris of 30 years ago, the French country side and the vignettes, like Simone Simon as Madam. Piccoli plays a narcissistic man who makes all the woman in this movie look ridiculous and who solves his problems ultimately with sleeping tablets.There are dreams and flash backs which confuse this story of an obsession.You must love veteran actor Piccoli very much to enjoy this DVD."