March 8, 2007 Leave a Comment
(2005) dir. Emmanuel Carrère
I had read that this film was a sort of interesting psychological thriller and had it as something potentially interesting to watch. It’s about a guy who decides to shave off his mustache, but after he does it, everyone in his life including his wife and co-workers all deny that he ever had a mustache. This seems silly, and it is, but it disturbs him and causes him to begin to question reality and whether people are intentionally screwing with him.
The film has a low tone and a slow pace. Nothing eventful happens exactly. For instance, when he escapes to Hong Kong, he gets on a ferry, rides the ferry, looks at Hong Kong, gets to the airport, goes through security, then changes his mind and goes back to the ferry, rides the ferry. He writes a postcard and never sends it. Eventually throwing it into the water. It’s subtle, I guess you could say. There is an element of schizophrenia, a low, pervasive, slowly-growing nightmare.
My problem with it is that the ending is also subtle. So subtle as to leave you not knowing what to make of the story exactly. That’s not a problem for me, but it lacked anything overly meaningful. It’s hard to say. I liked the film largely, some of the shots were quite interesting. But ultimately, it was not compelling.
The funny part is that I shaved this day for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks, so it made for a good, timely viewing. Luckily, people mostly noticed. Except my kids, without much teasing.