Thursday, Dec. 09, 2010

Wild Grass

Alain Resnais, that gentleman subversive, has been playing serious tricks on moviegoers for a half-century, since Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad. In the delightful anarcho-romantic comedy Wild Grass, a happily married man (André Dussollier) finds a wallet belonging to a woman (Sabine Azéma), and the two strike up a dangerous friendship. You could easily relax in the warmth of the story, its charming old je ne sais quoi — unless you notice the quietly unrealistic color scheme, the geometric placing of extras, the little explosions of rage or madness. It's a cocktail-party movie with a Molotov-cocktail finish: a tribute to the 88-year-old auteur's artistry — and his con artistry as well.