Band of Outsiders ★★

I guess I’m not a fan of the French new wave. Most of the films from the movement are way too slow for me. They typically are dialogue driven character films where little of consequence occurs, and I suspect this is a function of the low budgets. That kind of style can work, but if the characters or dialogue aren’t compelling, it all falls apart.

There’s narration that’s awkwardly inserted, the story is aimless and without any pacing, and even visually it’s rather tepid. It’s not a display of tremendous talent behind the camera, or interesting storytelling, it’s a movie where things of no interest happen, and then it ends. And no, the supposedly iconic dance scene has no purpose in the story, or theming. Two stars.

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