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Wild Grass

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
For those who like the tone of their films to be reflected in the hairstyles of their lead actors, the wayward shock of auburn-red frizz worn by Sabine Azéma in ‘Wild Grass’ is a good first step to unravelling this joyfully skittish farce from 88-year-old maestro Alain Resnais. Combining the verbose theatrical games of his ’80s films with the time, space and character manipulations of early classics such as ‘Last Year at Marienbad’, ‘Wild Grass’ also feels like Resnais’s ode to something like ‘Twin Peaks’ – a work which is inviting and gentle on the surface but inscrutable and strange the more you look at it.

It’s based on a surreal novel by French author Christian Gailly called ‘L’Incident’ and details the fallout of a preposterous romance that forms between antisocial house husband Georges Palet (André Dussollier) and dentist-cum-budding aviatrix, Marguerite Muir (Azéma) when her purse is snatched and he recovers it. Every frame is filled with blushed neon hues that look like they’ve been filmed through a smear of Vaseline. The kinetic camera hovers and glides around scenes, at one point even leaping over the top of a house. These stylistic elements –  along with a dainty, midi-jazz score – lend the film a dreamlike quality. What’s it all about, though? It could be everything and nothing. There are allusions to psychosis, chaos, reincarnation, anxiety, communication and even the romanticised nature of cinema itself. It’s cheeky and confident, maybe one of the director’s finest, and its loopy final line is the cryptic cherry on this oddball gâteau.
Written by David Jenkins

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 18 June 2010
  • Duration:104 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alain Resnais
  • Cast:
    • Sabine Azéma
    • André Dussollier
    • Anne Consigny
    • Emmanuelle Devos
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