The Red and The Black (2011) MIFF Film Review

I’m happy to admit that I didn’t get this film. It tells the story of a couple of women, who we mostly hear through voiceover and the occasional shot, who are stealing a camera from the pioneer of French New Wave cinema, Jean-Pierre Beauviala and his company, Aaton. Perhaps if I knew more about New Wave and Beauviala, I may have understood and/or enjoyed this film more. As it was, I was mostly bored.

I didn’t hate the whole thing – I enjoyed much of the old footage was used, and some of the animations that were included were whimsical and delightful, but the attempt at story was not successful to me – especially what I think was intended to be the twist at the end. I think that there will many who enjoy experimental or non-traditional cinema who will love this film, but I am not one of them.

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