A woman is lying naked under a blanket. Her nipple is shown one time very briefly.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


There are several places in the film that I didn’t immediately understand or understand when watching the film. The understanding mentioned here does not refer to the understanding of the plot itself, but about the behavior motivation of the characters in the film.

Question 1. The morning after Louis sent Fran ç oise home, they sat side by side in the church. Why did they have that uneasy expression? Especially Fran ç oise.

Question 2. After Louis and Fran ç oise met Vidal, why did Fran ç oise suddenly act strangely? Why did Louis say “I have another meeting: the very morning we met, I’d just left a girl’s place. I’d * * * slip with her * * *”? In fact, he did not “sleep with her”.

Question 3. After Louis and Fran ç oise met Maud, on the beach, Louis said, “when I met you, I’d just come from her place”, Louis’s inner monologue: “but – I was about to say, but nothing happened”. Why did he say “she was my last flying” instead of “nothing happened”? Why did Fran ç oise, after hearing his answer, disperse his frown and free himself?

The above three questions are the questions I asked myself after watching the film. After a brief moment of thinking, I still couldn’t explain them satisfactorily. Finally, I had to revisit some fragments of the dialogue to capture more nuances.

There are two points that need to be explained first. First of all, when I watched the film, I pressed fast forward in several places, such as the violin and the preaching of the priest in the church. In particular, skipping the latter directly leads to my inability to explain the first problem well.

Secondly, there are some key nuances in the English subtitles I use. I don’t know whether there are translation deviations. Later, these key points were referred to Chinese subtitles. However, it is estimated that Chinese subtitles are not translated directly from French, but from English. Some obvious errors even affect the understanding of the film. Therefore, English subtitles are quoted in all subtitles below. If any friend has French subtitles and finds translation errors in English subtitles, you are welcome to point out.

Next, I try to provide a possibility of explanation with my personal understanding.

Question 1: when Louis and Fran ç oise sat together in the church, the theme preached by the priest can be summarized as “faith”. Although they talked about the “faith” of God, it will certainly arouse the two people’s thinking about the “faith” in the secular world and whether they are “faithful”. It is this thinking that whipped their hearts and brought anxiety on their faces.

Explain them separately.

Let’s start with Louis:

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Purity of heart is the important thing. If you’re really in love with one girl, you don’t want to sleep with another.

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One shouldn’t be obliged to forget. One should love one girl and no other, not even platonically.

The above is from Louis, which can be regarded as his creed, but how did he actually do it? His love for Fran ç oise is the kind of love that knows she will become his wife after seeing her.

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I suddenly knew, without a doubt,that Françoise would be my wife.

The love for Maud, or an ambiguous love, is a kind of confided love and the love of friends. Although it is the same at first sight, it is different from the love for Fran ç oise. However, at the beginning, he seemed to be in a state of confusion, as if he could distinguish, as if he could not. For example, after climbing the mountain, Louis and Maud took the initiative to hug Maud and kiss Maud, which obviously surpassed their friends. However, as Maud said, “your lips are cold” is not a “hot” kiss. Maud, as a sensitive woman, noticed that Louis had a blonde idol in his heart from the conversation that night. After the kiss, Louis said “that was a strictly friendly kiss”. Can you say he didn’t realize it? But then he hugged Maud and went to Maud’s house.

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Maud: Will you come with me? We can have dinner afterwards.

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Louis: – I have to leave by 10:00. 9:30. I need my sleep.

Maud’s invitation and Louis’s agreement and emphasis on “I have to leave” did not indicate anything, but did not refuse some possibility. In fact, he left after nothing happened. It can be said that his love for Fran ç oise – for him at that time, Fran ç oise was just a shadow of love – occupied the peak, but it was only the peak. After he said that they might never see each other, or had few opportunities to meet, he finally asked, “shall we talk on the phone?” Ha ha, the steelyard in Louis’s heart, although always leaning towards Fran ç oise, has been shaking.

He sat in the church with Fran ç oise. Was he “faithful” at that time? No, not exactly. Although his feelings for Fran ç oise rose to a high level at this time, there are still impurities, even if there is only a little impurity. Like love for God, there is no impurity, otherwise it will not be “faithful”. He called Maud immediately after church, just to reduce his ambiguous feelings for Maud to friendship, so as to realize his faith.

But this raises a new question. Why didn’t he call Maud later? And at least twice.

1. When he came out of the church, he called Maud. Maud was not in, but he learned that she would be back on Friday.

2. Louis and Fran ç oise met Vidal in front of the window and learned that Maud was leaving. Louis asked Vidal “is she at home tonight? I’ll give her a call.”

However, from the conversation after the Louis family met Maud, it can be seen that he did not call Maud once later. Why?

In fact, in Louis’ eyes, his relationship with Maud was originally an ambiguous relationship dominated by friends, which can be deduced from his previous dialogue with Maud, which constantly emphasized friends and friendship. And Maud didn’t raise their relationship to love. Therefore, there is no need to call to clarify anything. Just wash away those impurities in your heart. In this way, you have achieved “faithful”.

On Fran ç oise:

First of all, insert a person. This person is Maud’s ex husband, that is, the married husband that Fran ç oise once loved. For the convenience of discussion, name it Mr. X.

Let’s consider Fran ç oise’s creed, or the concept of things. There is less information in this regard, but we can guess some points from the dialogue between Louis and Maud.

Here’s a hypothesis. Does Maud know Fran ç oise? My answer is “yes”. A conversation we met on the beach downhill was fun.

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Louis: Do you know my wife?

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Maud: Yes. I mean, by sight.

Hehe, Maud, this sentence is interesting. Compare Maud’s conversation with Louis. How does Maud describe her ex husband’s lover, Fran ç oise.

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and my husband had a mistress.

Curiously enough, she was your type:

Very upstanding, very Catholic.

Not hypocritical or calculating. Very sincere.

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I don’t think she would have married him.

That’s why I was amused when you spoke of insurmountable circumstances.

I suspect she thought the same way.

If Maud’s assumption of understanding Fran ç oise is true, and Maud’s keen perception is correct, we can make the following conjecture: Louis’s creed is very close to Fran ç oise’s, and Louis’s concept of things can be regarded as Fran ç oise’s concept.

Apart from those mentioned above, what else? Among them, the view of “faith” in marriage is particularly key.

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Maud: you’d marry her on the spot and swear eternal fidelity.

Louis: Absolutely.

Maud: – You sure you’d be faithful?

Louis: – Of course.

Maud: – What if she was unfaithful?

Louis: – If she loved me, she’d be faithful.

Maud: – Love isn’t eternal.

Louis: – My sort of love is.

Maud: If there’s one thing I can’t understand, it’s infidelity.

Louis: If only out of self-regard, I couldn’t go back on my word.

Louis: When I take a wife, my love will stand the test of time.

Louis: If I stopped loving her. I’d despise myself.

Maud: – You’re right. That’s self-regard.

Louis: – I said it might be.

Maud: Not “might be.” It is. So you don’t allow for divorce?

Maud: So you damn me outright.

Louis: Not at all. You’re not a Catholic.

It was such a concept that Fran ç oise fell into a dilemma and forced her to make a decision from contradiction to later. What’s the end? Break up with her married lover, Mr. X.

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