André Delvaux - De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen ("The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short")
700 MB | 01:34:34 | Dutch with English subtitles | DVDrip | 592 x 352
A schoolteacher (Miereveld or "nest of ants") is entranced by one of his students (Fran). Not being able to have his love fulfilled he tries to escape it and moves house and job. Working for the justice department he is invited by the coroner to join a post mortem examination which leads to an encounter with his former student and the possibility to no longer escape his love.
The theme of escape is very prevalent throughout all facets of this movie. The off-voice narration creates a sort of detachment that reflects the detachment of the character with reality and even with the feelings inside him. Seldom the characters speak while facing the camera and the music is a wonderful accompaniment to the narrative: fairy-like and enchanting or confusing and detached. As the inner feelings and reflections of the characters are the main subject of this movie, it is strongly narrative driven rather than driven by actions and therefor it might not suit every 21st century viewer. But I strongly urge people to allow themselves to follow the reflections and balance on the stream of consciousness of the characters and see where it takes them. Near the end different elements fall into place although it may be a place that not everyone likes or even understands. Strong visuals, strong music, strong acting, but not suitable for a day when you're on the couch struck by the flu.
The film made no concessions to commercial cinema, but revealed traits of the director which would permeate his work - the contrast between dreams and reality, beauty and ugliness, conveyed in a pictorial style which paid self-conscious homage to Flemish old masters. It won several international awards, including a British Academy Award, though some critics were baffled by its strangeness.
About the director:
THE FILM director Andre Delvaux was known as "the godfather of the Belgian film industry", having put his small country on the film map after his first feature film, The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short, won international acclaim in 1965. His works often mingled realism and fantasy in a style labelled "magic realism". Though his films tended to find more favour with critics than public, he had great success with such titles as Un soir, un train (One Night . . . a Train, 1968) and Rendez-vous a Bray (Rendezvous in Bray, 1971).
Great film in loneliness and pessimism…..
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