ETERNITY (ETERNITÉ) (2016) by Tran Anh Hung
“Three generations of women. 100 years of humanity. Love, despair and joy”
An afternoon, on Christmas time, Babel cinemas in Valencia, a kilometric queue and the full cinema. A promising movie, but, only promising. This would like to be a reflection about time, the succession of generations of a family, that was an excellent premise, but only a premise. In exchange for this we can watch a corny, languid, and badly de-dramatised and too much bucolic of this reflection. The action begins with Valentine, a woman lived in a19th century, in an aristocratic house with her sisters. She will have a big family with her husband. We will watch until three generations of this family. But the film focuses on her son, Henri, him wife Mathilde and their children. To their join the Mathide’s best friend, Gabrielle, her husband, Charles and their children.
Valentine would be a very good character, a matriarch, a woman who can take in her arms to her offspring, but not. How Audrey Tautou, muse of French cinema in ‘90s, doesn’t shine? How can she disappear in the movie? She is good, but in this movie, she is only beautiful, her performance isn’t brilliant like always. The spectator can’t jut out in the film because anything in this is credible. This isn’t a problem with the content is with the way of make the movie. The worst of this is the atmosphere, too much dying and sickeningly sweet.
But not everything is bad, the light is excellent. A warm light, it draws each scene, character, furniture, dress and landscape. It is a character the best character and the spectator can perceive it like this. The locations, the landscapes transmit us peace, stillness and joy. There is a great work in these things. But this isn’t enough, one, two, three and more people leave the cinema in the middle of the movie. And I never see this before.
Traducido por: Iulia García.