Tag Archives: Jeanne Balibar

Raoul Ruiz – Comédie de l’innocence AKA Comedy of Innocence (2000)

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After Calderón and Proust, Comédie de l’innocence is another literary adaptation, this time from the little-known Italian surrealist Massimo Bontempelli. Updated from the last fin de siècle to this more recent time of uncertainty, Comédie de l’innocence’s plot is small but perfectly formed. With Aristotelian rigour it moves from the opening conundrum (a child torn between two mothers), through the complication (the confrontation between the mothers and Ariane’s brother Serge), to a satisfying conclusion. Ruiz, who takes a co-credit as scriptwriter with Françoise Dumas, keeps up the tension, however, with laconic and enigmatic dialogue. When Ariane visits the empty flat of Isabella, a nosy neighbour remarks: ‘I really don’t want to know.’ Ariane replies: ‘There is nothing to know.’ Read More »

Jean-Claude Biette – Saltimbank (2003)

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The Saltim Brothers: younger Frédéric runs the family bank, while older brother Bruno turned down the executive position in exchange for financing a theater. Between them and among them, various characters navigate. The brothers each try to control their elegant niece Vanessa’s future. Café owners Eve and Jim complicate matters with their lies and betrayals, and a strange exiled stage director arrives. The lack of money reveals everyone’s true colors on- and offstage. Read More »