Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wild Grass (Les herbes folles) (2009)

Director: Alain Resnais. Cast: Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny. 104 min. Rated PG. France. Drama.

Chance, or choice? An old man finds a wallet which has just been stolen from a red-haired woman walking out of a shoe store. Is this a sign that the two are destined to be together? This colorful movie creates a delicate balance between portions of fate that are out of our control, and the portions we "create" by our own strong motivations. Our fantasies about destiny-controlling life events are almost cinemetic, vastly different from reality, and the movie literally provides two endings: a cinematic ending, and a real-life one. Check it out if you have patience for arthouse movies.

PS: I have some brushing up to do on the movie's 88-year old French New Wave director, Alain Resnais, of whom this was the first movie I saw. George Lucas calls his Last Year at Marienbad (1961) one of his favorite movies ever, and Omid Rouhani, a famous journalist and old mentor in Iran, had the same feeling about his Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959).

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