The Answer Must Be In The Attempt
Three films about conversation. We go through life trying to connect and understand. As Celine says to Jesse, “The answer must be in the attempt.”
My Dinner With Andre (1981) dir. Louis Malle
A conversation between old (and now estranged) friends provides insight into our broken dreams, struggles, fears, and hopes. The subtlety in which the conversation shifts focus from Andre to Wally is masterful, as the latter is encouraged to confront his values and beliefs with increasing bewilderment and incredulity.
Le Reyon vert (1986) dir. Eric Rohmer
Rohmer was a master of the conversation. His protagonist in this picture, Dolphine, fresh off a recent break-up, appears stuck in an endless one about her boredom with the summer holiday. Melancholy and withdrawn, she navigates her way through aimless sunny and hazy days, inevitably growing tired with every new interaction. Culminating in a magical moment that would be impossible to communicate with others, this is one of Rohmer’s best in a career full of gems.