Mélo

Mélo

DVD - 2008 | French
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Marcel and Pierre, two lifelong friends, are also concert violinists. While Marcel has gone on to stardom, Pierre has settled into a contented family life with his beautiful wife, Romaine. But all is not perfect: Pierre is unaware that Romaine is having an affair with Marcel.

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Sep 24, 2016

“Melo” (short for melodrama) was a low budget adaptation of a 1929 play about marital betrayal and deception. The audience is always reminded that it is a play as each act is initiated by a $2 portrait of a theatre curtain and each scene ends with the lights dimming to black. After two months of rehearsal with temporary sets, the film was then shot in a regular studio in 21 days. I give 4 stars for the first half (philosophy? and conversation) and 5 stars for the last half (adultery, contemplation of murder, suicide, and beneficent mendacity). A minor work of one of France’s greatest directors, Alain Resnais.

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