Full Moon In Paris (Les Nuits De La Pleine Lune) [Region 2]
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Pascale "Louise" Ogier is living with Tchéky "Rémi" Karyo in the suburbs of Paris. She likes to pass her spare time with her ancient friends while Rémi stays at home. So, in order to save their relationship, she decides to sleep every friday night in a flat in Paris, alone. FULL MOON IN PARIS describes the consequences of this decision during the three months that follow.
Like in the plays of Musset or Marivaux, tragedy is always hidden behind comedy and Pascale Ogier's smiles and tears form a wonderful rainbow.
As always in Fox Lorber presentations of european movies, subtitles can't be removed and sound & images are of VHS quality, no more.
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The plot is interesting: a pretty young lady hooks up with as many men she could handle. Her live in boyfriend, Remi, played by Tcheky Karyo, her best friend, who she has no sexual relation with, Octave and who is married, and played by a young Fabrice Luchini, plus a young rock n' roll musician played by Christian Vadim. This keeps Louise, played brilliantly, by actress Pascale Ogier, who in real life died on the eve of her 26th birthday, busy to say the least.
As far as the plot's meat and potatoes, this movie is typical: woman looking for Mr. Right. As far as style, this movie is groundbreaking. Rohmer uses, scenery and visuals, more adroit, better than anyone else in show biz. Into the scene, he adds avant garde paintings, sculpture, furniture, clothing, windows, and so much more. It's all cutting edge.
I'm sure as a bona fide visual storyteller, Rohmer wanted to tell the story of mixed up Louise in search of real love, yet, it's how Rohmer tells his story that makes him an attention getting supreme cinema storyteller. An ideal bookend to the great French new wave art movement filmmakers of the 1960s.
In the end, I would classify Full Moon in Paris as an art movie, a far cry from a visual spectacular rising fireball. Yet it doesn't stray far away from the classical movie plot of a romance, a passionate heart seeking true love in a confused world.
Nonetheless, what makes this movie special, is how the story is told. It's told with intense style, caked in French culture.
If the saying is so, it's not what you say, but how you say it that counts, Full Moon in Paris, speaks with style, or as it is also called, panache.
The next point I want to make is to be aware of “spoilers” in reviews. Like Rohmer’s films, this one does not move quickly and does not telegraph the ending. I already see two reviews her where the reviewer tells you how it will end. I may have seen this in its original release but it is so many years ago that I forget everything and let the story unfold. I really enjoyed letting Rohmer tell me the story, rather than knowing in advance.
The restoration is wonderful – though the colors aren’t as bright as I remember. And it is in the 4:3 aspect ratio as originally filmed. I did find the subtitles large enough to read easily (not as common today as it should be). I won’t consider this “spoiler” but you should know that the R rating is because of a brief scene of full-frontal nudity. It doesn’t affect the plot though.
There are two “bonuses” in the package. On the DVD is a brief “Archival interview: with the lead actress. It’s only about 2 minutes. We are also provided with the film’s trailer. And in the DVD case is a colorful booklet with a text essay by Film Critic David Thompson.
If you’ve seen the prior DVD release of this and enjoyed the film, you might want to get this new version to see it in a “new light”
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
I love this film. Louise wants to be a bohemian, she wants lovers at home in the suburbs and lovers at home in the city. She wants everything, or at least she thinks she does. It is a look at life in the 80s - free love and protesting of the 60s and 70s is gone. People are closer to settling in. Rohmer does a fabulous job of questioning settling.
Two other films come to mind with Full Moon in Paris - Score and Amorous. Score is a free love 70s film that poses the same question - should we settle for a mundane life? It asks the question in a very different way - it is explicit with combinations. The two women approach men, sex, and love in the same way Louise does in Full Moon. They want something different. Instead of just asking, they go and do. In Amorous, 2014, two couples explore free love and all the permutations. Except this time, they overthink everything and have to discuss everything before anything happens. They think too much and can't move. In the end, they come to the same conclusion.
I'm a bigger fan of Rohmer's seasons series. Even so, this is an excellent film.
A free copy was provided for review.
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