Remorques (Grémillon, 1941)

Remorques (Jean Grémillon, 1941)

This had potential. The story of a married sea captain falling from grace as he chases after a woman he meets at sea could have been an interesting topic if for no other reason than the reality I’m sure this situation presented at the time. But this doesn’t make a lick of sense. I hate for that to be my critique, but I can’t avoid it. Despite beautiful uses of fog, natural light, and sweeping camera movements to pull it all together into an atmospheric treat, none of what happens matches this level of quality.

remorques

The film introduces a happily married man who for no logical reason falls for a woman who ends up on his boat by chance. Strangely, he doesn’t even begin to fall for her until he runs into her on land in the following days (and then, BAM, he’s ‘in love’ with her). It was such a random and forced affair given the context. Though what I’m mostly perplexed about is why Grémillon didn’t just tweak the context to fit his idea. It could have worked with a little more depth! Sure, it might have been more clichéd, but at least it would have been reasonable. Instead it’s a rushed and underdeveloped oddity.   5.75/10

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