• newguy

    Sometimes, when something’s not clicking for me, especially when it’s something that a lot of people are really passionate about like this movie, I’ll dig around for reviews to see what it is I was missing. You know, read some other reviews from other perspectives. Sometimes it helps it click, sometimes not, but either way, I’m not putting too much weight on my initial first impressions.

    And I think you’ve missed a lot about this movie, based on the fact that you perceive it as a light-toned romcom or something. For some context, this story wasn’t one that Vigo chose, but because his first short film had been banned for being too anarchist, his producer ‘assigned’ him a chirpy little story about barge dwellers, which was a common theme at the time. He initially hated it, but eventually came around and agreed, on the condition that he do some rewriting, almost like hostile compliance. It is very clearly not intended to be a “light and frizzy romantic movie,” despite having a similar structure. I mean, what about the hands? Pere Jules having his head shorn by a dog groomer?

    It’s weird that you’re so hung up on a plot point that doesn’t gibe with what you think this movie was intending to be when there is so much else to appreciate about it.

    • newguy

      Oh, wait a minute. I just got trolled, didn’t I?