Jumat, 19 November 2010

Leos Carax - Boy Meets Girl (1984)

A depressed aspiring filmmaker falls in love with a suicidal young woman in this off-beat French drama, the second feature from director Leos Carax. Both have been recently dumped by their lovers and neither is coping very well. They meet via an apartment intercom system. Later the filmmaker sees her by the Seine. They finally meet in person at an elegant party and begin a long, strange conversation over a kitchen table. During the course of their talking, the two find themselves unable to resist their mutual neediness and this leads them to tragedy.

"BOY MEETS GIRL" is an intermittently charming first feature by Leos Carax, a young French director who seems to have seen and remembered every film made during the early years of the New Wave. Mr. Carax is 24, but "Boy Meets Girl" looks like the work of a talented 18-year-old, someone who still spends more time inside the Cinematheque Francaise than outside it. Even the film's weightily ironic title is a reference to movies - the Hollywood movies that fascinated the New Wave film makers, whose own films were something else entirely.

In "Boy Meets Girl," one recognizes a bit of Jean-Luc Godard here, something of Francois Truffaut there, and every now and then one hears what may be the faint, original voice of Mr. Carax trying to make himself heard around and through the images of others. "Boy Meets Girl" will be shown in the New York Film Festival today at 9:30 P.M. and tomorrow at 1 P.M.

Alex, Mr. Carax's disenchanted, comparatively elderly (23) hero, recalls any number of characters once played by Jean-Pierre Leaud for both Mr. Truffaut and Mr. Godard. It's as if Antoine Doinel, the Truffaut surrogate in such films as "The 400 Blows" and "Stolen Kisses," had somehow wandered into a Godard film, circa 1961. "Boy Meets Girl" is a movie in search of its own identity.

Alex, as played by Denis Lavant, doesn't resemble the young Mr. Leaud. Though he drinks nothing but milk and tea, he has a haggard, drugged look, which may be because he is, by his own definition, a loser with no chance of being reborn. His family exists only as his father's voice on the telephone. His girlfriend has just left him for his best friend. When pressed for an answer, he calls himself a "cineaste," though he doesn't actually make films yet. He thinks up titles for the films he wants to make.

In the course of "Boy Meets Girl," Alex falls in love again, first with a young woman's voice he hears on an apartment-house intercom system, then with the young woman herself, when he finally meets her at a party. She is Mireille (Mireille Perrier), who has come to Paris to act in television commercials and, having failed, stayed on to live the kind of intensely aimless life enjoyed by Anna Karina in "Une Femme Est une Femme." "Boy Meets Girl" is less a narrative than a series of random, occasionally quite funny incidents and gags, most of which involve Alex but some of which are heavier than the movie can carry. At its best, the film looks at life through Alex's cinema-blurred eyes.

As he watches a pair of lovers embracing on a bridge, it's not the camera that makes a lyrical, 360-degree pan around the couple, but the couple who swing lyrically around in front of Alex. "When Mozart was my age," says one unhappy young man, "he'd already been dead two years." Says Alex, looking with deep suspicion at a tea bag from which the label has been removed, "It could be almost anything." They're the sort of small jokes that prompt smiles more often than laughter. (Vincent Canby)

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