Laurent proceeds to try his hand at picking up girls at the retreat and jealously watches his mother as a friend from school tries to seduce her. Laurent and his mother have such an intimate relationship as she shares her inner turmoil with him about her affair and relationship. Malle was really great at hinting but not being predictable with the film. He leaves indications of what will happen but never is overt with it or heavy handed. He doesn’t want you to figure it out for yourself he wants you to watch the film! We saw Clara cheat earlier on her husband and Laurent see but we don’t know where that story line is going until she leaves her paramour to stay with Laurent. We see Laurent reading a sexual book but later he founds his mother reading the same thing. The way Malle subtly ties things in that have such subtle dramatic meaning is wonderful.
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7 Replies to “Murmur of the Heart (1971) – Louis Malle (Mardaweh Tompo)”
I’d not heard of this but it sounds a real treat and I’m grateful for your post alerting me to the film.
I haven’t seen this one Mardaweh, so thanks for an excellent review, and an introduction to the work. I have seen, and enjoyed, other Louis Malle films, and the 400 Blows, which you mention. Looks like this is one I will have to seek out.
Regards from Norfolk, Pete.
I need to start watching more classic stuff, especially French. They just have a certain coolness to them.
The incest theme seems a bit off-putting.
Thanks first review (but not my last for this site) Definitely will edit my work better. (So nervous wanted to just submit). This film is not about incest Harry. It is more a critique on family relations with some mild Oedipal context amiss. (You are probably like still getting incest) It’s a beautiful movie and one that needs to be seen by everyone. Thomas J Ford, Hell Yeah! It’s why everyone tries to imitate but they can never recreate the intelligence, wit, and mirth of the greats. The New Wave auteurs are more than filmmakers they are real artist of the highest form. Malle is one of my hero’s because he does not pull any punches in his films especially with the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie!
Thanks to Darrell and anyone else at AWorldofFilms for the opportunity to review. I will be contributing more as I said earlier (getting better) and learning a long the way from you all!
I HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT.