Saturday, January 28, 2006

[non-Asian] -A New Life (Une Vie Volée)

A New Life (Une Vie Volée) by Philippe Grandrieux (2002).

Yes, this is not an Asian film, but it's a great, experimental and strange film. First of all, this is my second Philippe Grandrieux film. I once saw Sombre which was his first fiction film. Philippe Grandrieux isn't a filmmaker very appreciated in France, and he's almost unknown outside of this country.
I guess the particular and tense world and the ambiguity of his works can easy make people uncomfortable or even can be too disturbing.
However one can not deny his artistic and cinematic approach and his personal exploration on human nature, and more particularly on the hidden, dark side of human soul.
A New Life can be seen as a visual and sound experimentation to create an emotive and sensory tension, and like Sombre, the film is raw, rather physical with a certain expression of the body and in which passions, torments and obsessions merge with the opacity of the cinematography, the lights and shades. Some powerful and amazing shots will always stay. The atmosphere is so tense that it almost feel claustrophobic in a world which seems to be like a dream but where women are for sale, somewhere in Eastern Europe. The narrative is completely torn to part, and isn't the matter and the purpose here since it's the sound and the visual that structure the film itself.

A surprising work of art.



Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

I have just received this one from a friend on DVD, and will try to watch it ASAP based on your glowing recommendation. :)

February 01, 2006 12:03 pm  

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