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A wallet lost and found opens the door – slightly - to Georges and Marguerite’s romantic adventure. After finding a red wallet and examining the ID of it’s owner, it is not a simple matter for Geroges to turn it into the police. Nor can Marguerite retrieve her wallet without being piqued with curiosity about the person who found it. As they navigate the social protocols of giving and acknowledging thanks, turbulence enters their lives. WILD GRASS is based on the novel “L’incident” by French novelist Christian Gailly.
France's Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad) has been subverting audience expectations for six decades, and Wild Grass proves no exception. Flame-haired Marguerite (the director's partner, Sabine Azéma) sets the story in motion when she buys a pair of designer heels. Moments later, a thief steals her yellow handbag (cinematographer Éric Gautier makes the most of this primary-color palette). While entering a parking garage that night, Georges Palet (André Dussollier) finds a billfold devoid of money. The pilot's license, however, inflames his imagination. Hesitant to contact this formidable woman, a dentist by trade, he hands the matter over to Bernard (Mathieu Amalric), the country's most impatient cop. When Marguerite calls to thank him, Georges complains that she isn't sufficiently grateful. Later, he apologizes, then starts calling daily and sending letters. Married to a younger woman (Anne Consigny), Georges appears to be retired, and the chase adds excitement to his life, but Marguerite asks him to stop. When he doesn't, she contacts Bernard. And that's when Resnais turns the tables on the audience, because Marguerite takes to calling Georges and drops by his house with her friend, Josépha (Emmanuelle Devos). Then, things get even stranger, culminating in a truly mystifying ending. In adapting Christian Gailly's novel L'Incident, Resnais gives the romantic thriller a metaphysical twist that will please some and infuriate others (Edouard Baer's narration illuminates as much as it obscures). In the end, he prioritizes a man's attempt to slow down the passage of time over the possibility of infidelity. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Alain Resnais's genius is more to nibble on than "Wild Grass."
To say the least what a concept: make a movie based on gut instincts and one's personal vision,... Read more
Resnais is a great, and I want to give his intellect due credit. A reading undermentioned in the reviews is the notion that the entire film could be a fantasy... Read more
Once I got into the story I began to enjoy it more. A little slow in the beginning.Published 11 months ago by Carolyn
with so many unexpected angles and blocking - its obvious that no one directs like Alain Resnais - his name in the credits is the signal for a visual feast - the result of his... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by J. A. Eyon
The cinematography is really really beautiful, so I am sad to say that the story lags far behind in quality. Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by Jackal
"Wild Grass" really, really, really looked like it was going somewhere interesting and then...not. Marvelous, creative film-making with some very interesting and well-realized... Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Michael Harbour
By turns cerebral, thought-provoking, pretentious and off-putting, "Wild Grass" is a tale of two strangers who become inexplicably obsessed with one... Read more
It's about a lady who gets mugged for her purse. A man finds her wallet and turns it in to the police who return it to the lady. She thanks the man. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by listener
This is a very complex and beautiful film, leaving many possibilities of interpretation, and most importantly, a reflection on an entire generation. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Bourdier David