A sexually repressed school teacher releases her pent up passions in a series of shocking crimes.
24 Jan Mademoiselle (1966)
Dark Dread of the Marienbad Snake
French films, even artificially French ones like this, compress all their depth and simplicity of reading together. So that after the first few it becomes so boring you need to invent your own depth. In this case, we are helped a little. The Italian and the fires and the sex and all that is imagined.
Moreau knows this and adds some ambiguity to the dark world. Not bad if you can work with the layers as you move through the levels of dreams and remembered visions. And know something the French filmmaker’s anxiety about Italian films’ claims for more acute verity.
Posted in 2004
Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.