"A disappointingly reactionary response.
Dismissing Green's techniques as "perversely affected" is especially short-sighted. Over his past three features he has developed a style that is wholly idiosyncratic, and really affecting when accepted on its own terms. There is nothing fatuous about it, and I could not imagine such a charge being leveled against similarly stylistically total directors like Wong Kar-wai, Arnaud Desplechin or Bresson.
Green's "Le Pont des Arts" and "Le Monde Vivant" are easily two of the most enthrallingly original and complete films of the early 00s. I have not yet seen "The Portuguese Nun", but GA's objections just seem too close to some of the more conservative French responses to Green's earlier work.
I agree that there are elements of his films that in another context could appear portentous, but somehow they cohere completely with Green’s overall aesthetic. However, they are certainly more rewarding on re-viewings and clearly require a more relaxed, receptive attitude. But, again, the same could be said with regard to the other directors I mentioned."