Four Nights of a Dreamer

Four Nights of a Dreamer ★★★

A dreamer only encounters herself. Marthe's fantasy of one man meets Jacques' fantasy of every woman, no woman. His friend says there is a crisis in painting and so less on the canvas shows everything, but the crisis is painting's lack of encounter. Erotics are not erotics without contact. For once, Jacques records something that is not his voice. Pigeons coo.

This doesn't feel like a romance but a strange warning. (Of what? An uneasy relationship to art.) There is so much music, but it serves as a background for wealthier living. Bresson's camera gives sound its whole attention. There is a cut from plants changing in the light of a photographers' flashes to Marthe and her mother changing in the light of the cinema.

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