You Love So Bizarre (Film Thoughts: Bizarre/Brooklyn Bizarre)

MV5BMTQ2MDQ0NzYxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODY4Njg1NzE@._V1_SY317_CR12,0,214,317_AL_Talk about a movie living up to its title. Etienne Faure’s “Bizarre” truly is, and I am conflicted about how I really feel about it. On one hand, it’s really a shit show: there’s minimal plot, and there are no characters in here, just outlines. They behave irrationally, and the main character, Maurice (Pierre Prieur, so pretty to look at like a French version of a young Josh Hartnett, but also gives a strong brooding star-making performance) does something in the end that is so out of character for what he has been set up to be. But then maybe that’s the point of this – a big f*** you to the audience. I truly feel there’s something more here, and perhaps Faure just presented in a clumsy way. I can sense the art here, and clearly other people did as well, because this screened at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival earlier. Curiously, when this film was released in the United States, they changed the title to “Brookyn Bizarre” to give it a edgier hipster feel. All in all, so bizarre, but maybe its all meant to be.

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