Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Atomic Age

The only thing worth noting in Héléna Klotz’s Atomic Age (The Atomic Age), which showed at Lincoln Center’s Rendez Vous with the French Cinema is Héléne Louvart’s excellent cinematography.
For some inexplicable reason, this film won a prize in Berlin and ended up being shown, again for some inexplicable reason, at this festival.

 This is the tale of two friends, who come to Paris for a night on the town….when?  Now?  In the Reagan era, since we hear the President speaking on the soundtrack?  Who cares? The only relief is that it is over in a little over an hour.

The film echoes Sartre’s Being and Nothingness and gives a depiction of what some friend’s in France have said is the tenner of the times, i.e., boring.  As a Francophiel, I hate to think that’s the case.

I give Atomic Age a 2 out of 5 because I’m feeling generous and the Walter Reade Theater has good popcorn.

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