THE WEEKEND IS HARDEST TO SOLVE TWO KEY THINGS: what to cook and what to see. So that you do not rush for a long time, sorting through the lists of the best by genre, author or year, we have compiled a recipe for the perfect vacation. Here are five French new wave films that focus on women as desperate, daring and inspiring.
An early film by Claude Chabrol, commonly known as the French Hitchcock. Here, however, the director acts on a slightly different territory. "Cuties" tells the story of four young saleswomen in a small Parisian store who are bored during the day, how they can have fun in the evenings and everyone is waiting for true love, although they are surrounded mainly by lustful men of varying degrees of trouble. This is, of course, a kind of "Sex and the City" or, rather, "Girls" of its time - all the heroines are quite recognizable and understandable types. Nevertheless, Chabrol would not have been Chabrol, if not for the caustic and pessimistic ending with murder in store for the audience.
The debut and perhaps the best work by Jacques Demi; a kind of declaration of love for the films of Max Ophuls. Anouk Aimé plays Lola, a cabaret dancer in Nantes who is courted at once by the young rake Roland (who later appears in Demi's Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and the American sailor Frankie. Lola herself is languishing and waiting for Michel, from whom she has a little son. A light and touching film by the director, not at all like the bright musical comedies with which it is customary to associate it. For his English-language debut, Demi later shot a free and more experimental, but also noteworthy sequel, Atelier of Models.
A woman is a woman
The third film by Jean-Luc Godard, who unexpectedly decided after the revolutionary “On the Last Breath” and “The Little Soldier” to shoot a rom-com and a musical, to which, however, the prefix “anti” asks. Anna Karina plays the stripper Angela, who cannot persuade her boyfriend Emil to have a baby. Soon, the heroine begins to think that their mutual friend and her longtime admirer Alfred can help her in this. Improvisational, experimental, but light and funny "A woman is a woman" is certainly a love letter to Anna Karina, whom Godard had just married at the time. At the same time, it is also a gentle rethinking through the prism of a new wave of traditions of Hollywood and French romantic comedies.
Cleo 5 to 7
A film by Agnes Varda, wife of Jacques Demi and one of the few female directors of the French new wave. The young singer Cleo wanders around Paris for several hours, meets with friends and colleagues, meets random people she meets, and all this time worries about the tests that she has to take from the doctor and which, possibly, will confirm her cancer. A rare example of an existential drama that reflects on death, war, feminism and other big topics, which at the same time unfolds on the screen with amazing ease and beauty. Among others, Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina and composer Michel Legrand casually appear on the screen.
Selina and Julie are completely lying
Two Parisians, the magician Julie and the librarian Celine, meet in a comical and mysterious incident and decide to live together. They soon find themselves involved in a strange story with magic candies, which take them to a mysterious mansion, where the same gothic story is played out over and over again. "Celine and Julie are completely lying" is perhaps the most famous film by the most complex and mysterious director of the French new wave, Jacques Rivette. References to Lewis Carroll and Henry James, an amalgamation of absurd comedy, gothic and theater, is truly avant-garde cinema at its most fascinating.
Photos: Les Bonnes Femmes, 1960 - Paris Film, Lola, 1961 - Films Around the World Inc, Une femme est une femme, 1961 - Euro International Film (EIA), Cléo de 5 à 7, 1962 - Rome Paris Film, Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris, 1974 - Les Films du Losange