Tag Archives: Alain Robbe-Grillet
L’éden et après / Eden and After (1970) Alain Robbe-Grillet, Catherine Jourdan, Pierre Zimmer, Richard Leduc, Drama, Horror
N. a pris les dés… / N. Took the Dice (1971) Alain Robbe-Grillet, Catherine Jourdan, Pierre Zimmer, Richard Leduc, Lorraine Rainer, Drama, Horror
A reshuffling of Grillet’s Eden and After, the title an anagram of that movie, and the scenes rearranged in a similar random fashion as an experiment to see what new story or structure emerges. A man narrates, throws the dice, and we see the random scenes associated with the throw, mixed with several out-takes from that movie as new details emerge. In particular, scenes of the students in the club are spliced with the hallucinatory and fantasy scenes in Tunisia to draw parellels. That’s the theory. In practice, this is a nonsensical movie made even more nonsensical in an exercise of pure whim, experimentation and curiosity.
This enigmatic, plodding story concerns a man who may or may not have betrayed a resistance fighter in his hometown during World War II. He has supposedly been shot down by the Nazis and wanders into town. Mourning the death of an unseen comrade, he is taken in by the family of the dead rebel. He engages in a superfluous affair and witnesses the lesbian relationship between the man’s sister and a female servant. When passions subside, the family has doubts about the reliability of the man’s …