Saturday, April 16, 2005

Arnaud Desplechin

Arnaud Desplechin at the Wexner Center (Mark Pfeiffer/April 16, 2005)

This month the Wexner Center for the Arts is holding a retrospective of Arnaud Desplechin's films. To kick-off the retro, the director was in attendance tonight for a brief introduction and Q&A following the regional premiere of his latest KINGS AND QUEEN (ROIS ET REINE). It's a bewildering--maybe brilliant--film that's still ricocheting off the inside of my skull. Sometimes you see a film that you can't quite explain or be sure that you've understood it all, but it leaves such a firm imprint that you think you've witnessed a major work from a major talent. My gut feeling is that KINGS AND QUEEN is one of the year's best films, but I'm going to need more time to process it.

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