Thursday, January 13, 2011

LE PENDU (THE THIRD PERSON) (2007, Claire Devers, A+)

I think of this film as an unintentional remake of CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (1974, Jacques Rivette). I guess LE PENDU and CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING are both adapted from the same novel by Henry James. LE PENDU concerns two women with different personalities (Dominique Blanc + Dominique Reymond). Each of them gets involved with a haunted house and has different reactions with the ghost. Both of them try to appease the ghost, and one of them tries to smuggle someone to a safe place, like in the ending of CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING.

LE PENDU may not be as great as CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, but LE PENDU is still a good film in its own way. When I was watching this film, I couldn't figure out what kind of film it is. Would it turn out to be a horror, a murder mystery, a romantic, or a comedy film? Like in the case of CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, LE PENDU unintentionally shows that "the genre" is not important.

Apart from LE PENDU, I also like other films which refer to CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, including BERLIN CHAMISSOPLATZ (1980, Rudolf Thome) and MV: SAWANG PAI SAWANG MA (2010, Sonthaya Subyen).

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