I don't know how many of even the simplest effects in MALGRÉ LA NUIT were accomplished. The film is not always subtle yet cumulatively presents a quiet challenge to everything I thought I knew about the moving image. Scope her filmography: DP Jessica Lee Gagné is a very big deal. I initially saw Grandrieux's first two features way back. He has continued to progress prodigiously practically parallel to film history.
The deepest exploration of the inner human character within this is through the chaotic relationship between the tranquility and darkness that consume the visual and aural space. Light gives way to darkness, total silence repeatedly interrupts, colours blur together and fade away. It only departs from human portraiture to be carried by the wind.
So much of our movie going experience may allude to an out of body experience but you cannot digest a film without the body I cannot imagine responding to this film without feeling it in your stomach without clenching and gasping for air. Its there to be revealed if you give feeling to that which you are receiving. Here is a film that can leave you writhing with pain without pain as if your senses were hallucinating
Tecnicamente niente da dire,c'è una scena con una sorta di mostro-mollusco che respira che è tipo la cosa più bella mai vista, ma tutto il resto è la brutta copia de ''la vie nouvelle'' allungata all'esasperazione,confusionario,e con mille scene di sesso riempietive
4,5 Grandrieux’s Malgré la nuit is a film of simulacra and phantasmatic figures, a film of bodies that enter the image as the dreamer enters his dream. Bodies that in the ecstasy of desire overturn any rational composition by occupying the entire filmic space. Malgré la nuit is more a sensual construction in pure light than a film of actual settings. My essay here: http://specchioscuro.it/malgre-la-nuit/#english