Saturday, August 3, 2013

369. L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad

L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad
Last Year at Marienbad
Directed by Alain Resnais

Well, that was a weird one.  No one seems to have any idea what really happened in this movie.  I think the fun comes from forming your own theory and yelling at other people via the internet who have a different opinion.  At least, that is what my research yielded.  In any case, I found it to be confusing to the point of annoying.

So this guy, X, (real names are so passé) tells this woman that they met a year ago and agreed to meet up in a year.  A, the woman, says this never happened.  Then, M, her husband, denies it as well.  And then, that's kind of it.  After that I, as in Amanda, kind of zoned out.

I am sorry people, I could not get into this one.  To me, it just came across as pretentious and dull.  This was very disappointed, because I have loved all of Resnais' other work.

I had no idea what was going on and what's worse, I didn't care.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time".  Are intellectuals actually on my side for this?  Very shocking.

See for yourself:


  1. Ah, now I will beg to disagree somewhat.
    Yes, it is weird. No, I have no idea what is going on either.

    But.. ever since I first saw it, I have felt something rather mesmerising about it. Astonishingly, I am never bored by it. I can fully understand anyone who is. Next to nothing happens. long slow takes with no conversation. Not that conversation ever reveals anything in this film when you get it...
    I don't know what it is, or why.. but the atmosphere just pulls me in and I enjoy the ride, despite being utterly bewildered.
    If you now wish to dis-invite me from you followers for being a pretentious intellectual, I will understand!

    1. Haha Ray you are not pretentious (if you were defending Heaven and Earth magic then we might have to talk). I wish I could enjoy films like this but I just need a bit more. At least give the characters names! But I can see why this would intrigue you and therefore, you are not banished from my kingdom.

  2. Pretentious, for sure. Dull? I do not know. It is so out there that I actually found it fun to watch. I also have no clue what this is about, except that it is certainly not what appears to be happening. I suppose if I watched it again and again i might eve get to like it. But, alas, I cannot see that happening.