Sunday, September 26

acts of love

The Girl on the Bridge was filmed in a register that was not as realistic but somewhat more poetic. At the end, when she arrives, just as he is about to throw himself into the water, you never ask yourself about plausibility -- she was there and that was enough. And it's true in Intimate Strangers that William goes to the South to find Anna -- I don't know exactly how he managed to find her, but in any event he moved and recreated the same decor in his new office, and he took off his tie, and in the end, he starts to smoke, just like she does. This is a reminder of an expression we have in French, 'Il n'y a pas d'amour, il n'y a que des actes d'amour' ('There is no such thing as love, there are only acts of love'). When a man does something like William does, he's really in love.

-- Patrice Leconte Cineaste