Friday, February 4, 2011

Les Biches

Okay, one more French film and then I promise I'll lay off them for a while.

In the past couple weeks, I have been in a very hazy and philosophical mood. Early French films are the perfect brain food for me, as dumb as that might sound. Sometimes, I just need to watch films which force me to think. Force me to feel.

Les Biches provided that opportunity.



The 1968 Chabrol film focuses on the struggle between love and lust, friendship and power, and ignorance and understanding.

It revolves around Frédérique, a bored, rich lesbian with an icy demeanor. For amusement, she picks up a beautiful young street artist, named Why, who is drawing deer on a sidewalk.



Frédérique takes the homeless girl to live at her magnificent waterfront home in St. Tropez. Why is introduced to a dream world. She wears glamorous clothes at lavish parties. She lounges in the sun all day. She can have whatever she wants.



But being Cinderella comes with a price.



Although the two women are lovers, they will never be equals in the eyes of Frédérique. Why seems to be an object at the rich lady's disposal. She is not a girl. She is a pet, a servant, and a shiny trophy. It is a chilly, domineering relationship.



When a handsome architect, Paul, worms his way into their lives, the fragile relationship crumbles almost immediately. A tornado of jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal occurs.



The film is a bit slow-paced and forces us to regard a message almost always plaguing society.

Money does not buy happiness, especially when you have it your entire life. When you're too rich, people are easily purchased and easily tossed aside. Life is a never-ending battle between right and wrong.



And nobody wins in the end.

48 comments:

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

sounds like an interesting story. you watch such cool movies Jennifer!

Vikki said...

It definitely sounds like an interesting movie! You definitely made it interesting to me, you're so good at reviewing films!

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Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I'm still boycotting the French. That includes their films, their food, and body odor.

Mimi said...

oooh, this sounds really interesting! i've just recently started watching foreign films, so this one is definitely going on my list. thanks! :)

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thechyrelgomez said...

love french movies in fact i always make sure that i attend and watch the yearly french film festival here in our place. :)

Andrés Corella said...

Interesting plot!..I gotta watch it! Now lets see if I can find it!! And I like your film review

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Vintage and Cake said...

Aww thank you for your comment, I adore French cinema and it's always nice to hear of something (Old) new films I have not seen. Will very to give this one a look. I usual love foreign horror movies, there are some great French ones haha ....maybe not your scene. Have a fab weekend xxx

chrischaos said...

looks pretty good, guess ima download this today.
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Bren said...

i so needed this as i start thinking about my trip to Paris later this month! I need to see this flick but so many good ones! :) NIce to find you. And would you like to follow each other?

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Barry said...

I still think there's room in the relationship for all three of them, but that's another movie entirely.

Yeah it's late and I'm in that kinda mood. Move along, nothing to see here. :)

xx

Lee Oliveira said...

Jennifer.. I couldn't concentrate anymore reading your blog after when I saw "Le Bitches" sign.. hahahahahaha
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indianmakeupways said...

seems like a great plot. dont know where i can get my hand on this...

Vanilla said...

I haven't seen this looks good though :)

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Vintage Vixen said...

That sounds fab, you can't beat vintage European cinema for a curious plot and a stylish vibe. xxx

Sherin said...

I love your movie reviews. The storyline is so interesting,a nd looks like it has real meaning.

Phil said...

Great Post, I loved :)

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Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

Foreign films always have crazy plot lines. I remember watching lots of them in my French class.

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You are such a movie-o-holic Jen! Sounds like an interesting plot.

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Twenty.Something said...

I love the movie poster! I need it in my apartment. I will also have to watch this movie. I love your posts on French films... don't stop ;)

Courtney Erin said...

This sounds weirdly fascinating!

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Salony said...

Wow, sounds really good, a story with a good twist! You narrated it so well, you make me want to watch it!

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A BRIT GREEK said...

What an interesting movie, i also like the odd French flick made in the 'Nouvelle Vague' era too.

Hope you're having a top weekend.
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Linton from London said...

Now I feel like watching French movies too, but I'll need eng. subtitles :S

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Missy said...

sounds like a good one x

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KD said...

I love frech movies, they always have the best soundtracks! x

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Venus In Virgo said...

Ah! I really want to see this, sounds fabulously like the French :)
I guess your really into these types of films. I had a period where I was into black and white Middle Eastern films, dont ask... XOXO

David L Macaulay said...

french films are ideal for a philosophical and hazy mood, Jennifer. I just wish I'd got round to seeing more of them. Add to the ever-growing to-do list...I worked as a film reviewer for a while, fun to go the press conference, with Angelina etc.

Teresa said...

Wow, just realized you have some awesome French/old movie recommendations. I will definitely have to check them out. Hope you enjoy your visit to Houston! There are so many great restaurants here.

Holly Golightly said...

Sounds like a cool movie!
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Josie said...

It looks like this was beautifully made. I'll have to check it out!
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Katie said...

This sounds like an amazing movie, something I would love to see. Where do you find these movies? I'll look on Amazon, but when it comes to old French movies its slim pickings. I really love your taste in film. Thanks for sharing!

crystal glamour said...

love the post
you always pick such great films :)

Joanna Paulsen said...

Interesting story, really. I should watch it someday!

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Laurita P said...

sounds like a pretty good flick...

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FashionJazz said...

All your movie reviews make me want to stay at home and catch up on dvds... :) Hope you are having a lovely wknd xx

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Cafe Fashionista said...

I have never before seen a French film - that needs to change immediately!! :)

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Tabatha said...

I love your film reviews, please keep them coming :-)
This one sounds very interesting & a little familiar, maybe I've watched it a while ago & then forgot about it? *scratching head*
French films always have this special mood & make you think long after the film has ended - I totally agree!

Christopher said...

You had me at hot french lesbians. Seriously though, sounds like an interesting flick. Despite all the warnings though I'd still like to see what I could do with a giant pile of cash.

OceanDreams said...

you always find the greatest/vintage/love/intense films and shows! i love it and great review.