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Melo

1986 1h 50m Drama List
83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 63% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
As young men, Marcel (André Dussolier) and Pierre (Pierre Arditi) studied together at the same musical conservatory. They remain friends as adults, even if their lives have turned out very differently: Marcel is now a noted solo violinist while Pierre is an undistinguished player in a symphony. And, while Marcel has a happy marriage with Romaine (Sabine Azéma), Pierre is constantly on the prowl. This becomes evident when Marcel takes an unhealthy interest in Pierre's wife. Read More Read Less

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Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Resnais invests the original meaning of "melodrama" (drama with music) with exceptional beauty and power, cutting and moving his camera with impeccable dramatic logic to give their performances maximum voltage. Apr 24, 2014 Full Review Fernando F. Croce Slant Magazine s he grew older, Alain Resnais revealed the wistful sentimentalist behind the formalist pathfinder of Hiroshima Mon Amour and Muriel. Rated: 3/4 Feb 20, 2008 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Melo is a marvelous film…resulting in the most dynamic of static films. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 15, 2022 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia A beautifully acted and astutely observed romantic drama. Apr 4, 2019 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid What's miraculous about Mlo is that the material never grows hysterical and feels blocked in or trapped by the stage. Mar 6, 2008 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It dishes out dollops of pain from among the Brahms' sonatas, and melodramatics that were dated long ago. Rated: C+ Jan 30, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member On passe pas plusieurs etats d'esprit devant ce film : l'emerveillement, l'ennui, l'interet, la suprise,... A la fin, l'impression qui predomine est celle d'avoir vu un magnifique film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the worst films I've ever seen. Boring bourgeois bastards. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member It is quite impressive how this simple story holds two hour long film not long at all. By skipping the story, thus allowing people to make sense out of what is being shown, this play-alike film appeals. The scene, where the camera pans around the blurred objects, is subtle and emotional. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review walter m [font=Century Gothic]When I saw Alain Resnais' latest film, "Private Fears in Public Places" last year, I remarked that its theatricality was an aberration. After seeing his 1986 film "Melo" last night, I stand corrected. Its very staginess cannot be disguised by any amount of camera movement. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Melo" is a banal melodrama set in Paris in the 1920's. Romaine(Sabine Azema) and Pierre(Pierre Arditi) are a happily married couple whose bliss is only marred by their childlessness. They are joined one evening for dinner by an old friend, Marcel(Andre Dussollier). By the time he departs, he extends an open invitation to the couple to come by and visit him to hear him play the violin. In the next scene, it is Romaine who has done so alone, initiating an affair with Marcel.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]By the way, Marcel is something of a hypocrite, having terminated a serious relationship in the past because he jealously felt his lover was lying to him. Now, he betrays a close friend in an adulterous affair with his wife, which is by its very nature rooted in lies. [/font] Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member After failing to connect with a couple of Resnais' recent films, a friend suggested that "Melo" would put his current work in context. Or, if not, at least I could see how his shift to stage adaptations began. I doubt that I'll ever feel as strongly about his late period as I do about his initial foray into cinema, but this is an admirable film. That he's able to open with a 30 minute after-dinner conversation AND keep my attention speaks volumes about his attention to detail and the quality of his cast. Even though he uses a few techniques to downplay the script's inherent melodrama, I still can't comprehend why he abandoned many of his avant garde leanings for a run-of-the-mill temptress tale. Maybe it'll come into focus when I'm old and grey. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis As young men, Marcel (André Dussolier) and Pierre (Pierre Arditi) studied together at the same musical conservatory. They remain friends as adults, even if their lives have turned out very differently: Marcel is now a noted solo violinist while Pierre is an undistinguished player in a symphony. And, while Marcel has a happy marriage with Romaine (Sabine Azéma), Pierre is constantly on the prowl. This becomes evident when Marcel takes an unhealthy interest in Pierre's wife.
Director
Alain Resnais
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Streaming)
May 3, 2019
Runtime
1h 50m