||Robert Powell, Brigitte Fossey, Leslie
(Augustin) wakes up on a snowy morning philosophizing on a high window
ledge while his girlfriend belittles him - a morning tiff over reason
vs. practicality and senses over thought and FREEDOM - a big theme in
the film. "It is not abnormal to try to find one's freedom", says
is trying to make sense of his life, of everything, and not doing a
very good job of it. He finds no sense
in his life. Is in crisis, but doesn't seem to realize it. Yet, he
seeks out psychiatrists, theologians, etc. for answers. He lives in a
world of abstractions and ideas and is a mathematics lecturer, no
emotions, feelings, no relationship to the human side of things.
When he finally
does put himself in touch with spirituality, he profanes the
experience, has a breakdown, and repents in a shocking manner -
somewhat fulfilling the biblical saying "If your hand commits evil, cut
it off; if your eye sins, pluck it out."
Has he learned
|This movie is
outstanding! The role was written for Robert Powell and he played it
marvelously. The story is very deep and it's the kind of film that
makes you think after viewing it. You need to see it twice or more just
to appreciate the fine cinematography and filming Zanussi gave to the
film. The music, the light, the camera movements, everything fits to
each dramatical moment of this film.
This film was acclaimed in the Venice Film Festival (1981) and Robert
Powell was awarded the best actor for his performance.
researches on Robert's career, when I was crazier than now, I managed
to contact Zannussi and interviewed him about his collaboration with
As I'm not a journalist and a failed writer, don't expect as much from
me! I wish I would have done better!
can read the interview by clicking on the reel.
|You will never see me
here putting a shocking picture, too bad for you because in a scene you
can see Robert's butt (he, he).
But that's not at all my favorite scene! I wonder why it's there
because it wasn't necessary and it could have been perfect
A part from that every second of Robert in this picture is my favorite,
every line he speaks is wonderful, I wish I could have the script! The
ending is just fantastic and Robert's haunting face is astonishing.