Zagubieni w miłościPATRICE CHÉREAU
Patrice Chereau (b.1944) is one of the most highly acclaimed French directors. He began his career in theatre where he worked as actor and director. He made his cinematic debut in 1974 with his noir adaptation of James Hadley Chasee's mystery novel, The Flesh of the Orchid (La Chair de l'orchidée). In 1983 he made his first widely acclaimed film, the noir The Wounded Man (L'Homme blessé). He achieved major commercial and artistic success with Queen Margot (1994), for which he won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Film. Intimacy (2001) was a controversial and experimental film project for which he won the César Award for Best Director. He occasionally features as actor, usually in supporting roles, in films like Andrzej Wajda's Danton (1982), Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf (2003). His specific cinematographic style is often described as "corporeal realism". He is interested in wide scope of themes regarding ethics, psychology and human existence.
Zagubieni w miłości is one of Patrice Chereau's most abstract pictures. An interesting experiment with no beginning or end, it is made of contrasting, somewhat austere takes in vivid colours. These are combined together in an alogical way. The form resembles a photo album which turns out to be an intentional and well-considered device used not only to emphasise the characters' abstract situation but, most of all, to convey the impression of being lost in a world dominated by solitude, chaos, alienation in love and a deficiency of emotions. The excellent casting resulted on screen in an intense psychological drama about a mysterious and incomprehensible labyrinth of self-centred and passionate love. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Romain Duris ingeniously expose their emotions to viewers revealing their most intimate countenance. In this strange and unpredictable play of feelings yet another character emerges: Paris. The atmosphere of the city, captured on screen as if inattentively, deprived of middle-class wealth and glamour, and closer to the reality of simple life, of bars and inexpensive lofts, accentuates the burnout the characters' are experiencing in love.
Screenplay: Patrice Chereau, Anne-Louise Trividic
Director: Patrice Chereau
Director of photography: Yves Cape
Music: Eric Neveux
Producer: Bruno Levy
Cast: Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean - Hugues Anglade, Gilles Cohen, Alex Descas, Michel Duchaussoy, Tsilla Chelton, Mika Tard, Yannick Soulier, Xiam Abbass
Production: France 2009