DIRECTED BY ALAIN RESNAIS
IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Fifty years after making his debut with the landmark Hiroshima Mon Amour, Alain Resnais, one of the acknowledged masters of cinema, has returned in glorious form with a vibrant, eccentric, life-affirming tale that was the Opening Night Film at this year’s New York Film Festival. Based on Christian Gailly’s novel, The Incident, this delightful roundelay is about the fate-altering ripples triggered by a seemingly ordinary purse snatching. The purse belongs to Marguerite (Sabine Azema), a single dentist who happens to fly airplanes as a hobby. Its contents are retrieved by Georges (Andre Dussollier), a happily married house-husband and father of two who finds himself infatuated with the purse’s owner, even though he hasn’t actually met her yet. Add in a couple of keystone cops (hilariously played by Mathieu Amalric and Michel Vuillermoz), some dizzying aerial acrobatics, and the glorious widescreen camerawork of cinematographer Eric Gautier, and you have the recipe for a surprisingly playful meditation on coincidence and desire that suggests Resnais, at age 87, may have just delivered a career-crowning masterpiece.