Friday, June 17, 2011

- And its ghosts - Feature film director Claude Chabrol: Tokyo French Film Festival 2011

I saw this striking image of the film Betty at the French Film Festival line-up. Based on a Georges Simenon novel, this is Claude Chabrol depicting his upper-class milieu with almost documentary precision, and weaving a non-linear film with supple dexterity. And its ghosts - Feature film director Claude Chabrol,  one of the most prolific member of the nouvelle vague. His works are suspense thrillers highly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock.


Interesting how the bob works so well with the tuxedo suit and red dress. I have found the most interesting review about the film. In the article by Alicia Springer it is described that "Her suit is couture and her features are fine, but Betty is bleary drunk, lost, and homeless when she washes up at a place called The Hole. There, in exile from the haute bourgeoisie, Betty is taken in tow by Laure  an older woman who becomes Betty’s tutor in the survival of the walking wounded. Ensconced in the impersonal luxury of Laure’s hotel suite, Scotch bottle at the ready, Betty recounts her tale of stultifying marriage betrayed, motherhood turned hollow, and sexuality as a dark impulse impervious to manners and morals. The more she confesses, the more Betty remains an enigma that defies judgment or explication."

『ベティ』


「穴」という名のレストランに身を寄せ、アルコールに溺れる若い女性ベティは、その店のオーナーマリオの愛人であるローラと知り合う。ローラはベティに手を差し伸べ、自分の屋敷に迎える。ベティはローラに自分の過去を話し始めるが…。ジョルジュ・シムノンのあまり知られていなかった同名小説をスクリーンに見事に蘇らせている。マリー・トランティニャンの怪優ぶりが素晴らしい。


x
Camille

No comments:

Post a Comment