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Love Unto Death

Released Sep 5, 1984 1h 32m Drama Fantasy List
Reviews 59% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
An archaeologist (Pierre Arditi) and a Frenchwoman (Sabine Azéma) fall deeply in love, until his encounter with death shatters their lives. Read More Read Less

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Nicholas Bell A meditative, haunting, forcefully intelligent examination of how humans comprehend love and religion in phases regarded as life and death. Rated: 4.5/5 Oct 21, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Intellectual teaser that wrestles with discovering more about love and death than meets the eye. Rated: A Apr 3, 2008 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid There has to be more to life than all this moping. Mar 6, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I have seen some Resnais' earlier and later works so this metaphysical contemplation of life and death (which is mostly incomprehensible and no fun either) is no surprise to me. Resnais used to be a filmmaker who's big on philosophy and poetry; now, Resnais is a poet and philosopher with a camera. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I remember this as odd, baffling, brave, and just the sort of film I'd like to see again after all these years Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member 3.3.2011 Again, some interesting conceptual ideas. However, this time the story is better and the characters better-written. However, there's nothing visually interesting going on - it's mainly about characters talking, and the editing and cinematography are rather dull. And the story doesn't after a while amount to much either: Resnais continues his experimental cinema, this time in an attempt to actually tell a story. Which is highly experimental, for him at least. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member The first half, with its "Death Traveler's Wife" premise and 10-second chamber-music intermissions, gave my brain plenty to chew. The latter half, attempting to break a pair of clerics with the notion of justified suicide, is a romantic thought experiment but also more debate than story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member shit. unmemorably so. i kept thinking of "the green room" by truffaut about halfway through this. how that film was also shit and a waste of time. had nothing to say. the symmetry of "shit that's a waste of time" across two films about death and love by two frenchmen is... disappointing. i suppose there's a couple of decent scenes where notions of "agape" and "eros" get brought up but not in any meaningful or explorative way. my sense of outrage that follows having seen something that was significantly short of being interesting/excellent is what makes me avoid most films/tv/books. i am an entitled man. i feel entitled to something extraordinary or meaningful. always. this film does not provide either. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member This mid-period Alain Resnais film has a sense of understated excellence. Bergman often comes to mind (subject explored) with a hint of Antonioni (use of colours) with top-notch musical interludes by Hans Werner Henze and Sacha Vierny's cinematography. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An archaeologist (Pierre Arditi) and a Frenchwoman (Sabine Azéma) fall deeply in love, until his encounter with death shatters their lives.
Alain Resnais
Philippe Dussart
Jean Gruault
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Films A2, Philippe Dussart S.a.r.l., Les Films Ariane
Drama, Fantasy
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 5, 1984, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2015
1h 32m
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