Monday, January 25, 2021

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from: 

Demonlover (2002) 

Diane: You didn't see anything. No one sees anything. 
Ever. They watch... But they don't understand.

A happy 66 (!!!) to the great French director Olivier Assayas today! Every time I wish Assayas a happy birthday I am surprised all over again by his age because his films still don't feel like the films of an older man -- okay maybe Non-Fiction did a little bit, but I liked that about it. Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper, both out within the past six years, feel like films made by a person half his age, but then just goes to show ya, age ain't nothing but a yadda yadda. 

We were just talking about Assayas the other day here, twice actually -- for one we were talking about the actor Lars Eidinger, who's shown up in several of Assayas' recent films and who we've grown quite fond of, and for another we mentioned that Assayas' fantastic and strange 1996 film Irma Vep is getting the Criterion treatment in April! You can pre-order it here. How do you guys feel about Assayas? I wish he could drag Maggie Cheung out of retirement, that'd be a reunion for the ages.

1 comment:

Shawny said...

The three films Summer Hours, Carlos, and The Clouds of Sils Marie are each vivid and deeply affecting films, yet completely different films. I disliked Personal Shopper. To pick a favorite...Summer Hours. But boy did I love looking at Edgar Ramirez in Carlos.