Friday, February 17, 2012

I Know It When I

The Lovers
1958. 90 minutes. France. Directed by Louis Malle. Watchdate: 11/4/2011.
To call this a story of a bored housewife who takes a lover would be doing it a great disservice even though it sounds accurate. I found it riveting and sexy due to a committed subtlety. Malle explores the tension of intimacy and the intricacy of hidden emotions but cleverly hides his work in a conventional narrative. The best part is the ending, so full of burning doomed ambiguity. I think that's what ultimately damned it with the censors. But this is just a no-nonsense great movie.

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