San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
BOY MEETS GIRL
(Leos Carax, 1984)
Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of France, Los Angeles
About the film:
Boy Meets Girl is the beautiful debut feature by Leos Carax which was made in 1984. The title alone represents everything that has came to encompass what the Nouvelle Vague structured itself around which are the classic Hollywood films that the new wavers were entranced by. But obviously, those new wave films were wholly different from those classic films as is Boy Meets Girl is entirely different from those new wave films. Well, almost entirely. Carax is essentially a part of a new generation of filmmakers that came into fruition in France during the 1980’s and that would include Luc Besson and Jean-Jacques Beineix. These filmmakers set out in a way to create what is essentially the ‘auteur’ film while at the same time trying to create a substantially well received commercial film. But, as happens pretty often, not always as well received initially as it may be several years after the films’ release.
Alex (Denis Lavant), drinks nothing but milk and tea, he has a haggard, drugged look, which may be because he is, by his own definition, a loser with no chance of being reborn. His family exists only as his father’s voice on the telephone. His girlfriend has just left him for his best friend. When pressed for an answer, he calls himself a ‘’cineaste,’’ though he doesn’t actually make films yet. He thinks up titles for the films he wants to make. In the course of ‘’Boy Meets Girl,’’ Alex falls in love again, first with a young woman’s voice he hears on an apartment-house intercom system, then with the young woman herself, when he finally meets her at a party...What’s great about the film is watching how expertly crafted each scene is. We witness things that almost seem like they shouldn’t have been seen. We hear things that should not be heard. This is a film that if it were to unfold in anyone else’s hands besides Carax’s, it would have fallen apart with the first few minutes leaving nothing but incomprehensible episodic incidents.
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