Wild Grass: Truly wild, and not in a good way

11 02 2011

Wild GrassRating: PG

Runtime: 1 hr. 44 min.

Rotten Tomatoes:  6.2/10, 67%

I knew Wild Grass was going to be a weird movie, but I didn’t know it was going to be that weird. A French film by director Alain Resnais, Wild Grass goes beyond all boundaries of what is a typical film. A film about a woman who loses her wallet and the man who finds it and won’t leave her alone–it appears to me like Regina Spektor’s song “Wallet” gone completely wrong.

First, PG does not quite cut it. While there is nothing explicit the innuendoes and distorted mindsets of some of the characters were disturbing even to me. I would would hate to think of what it would do to a child under the age of 13. In fact, I think that is what is worst about Wild Grass–nothing is explicit. Everything lurks in the corners. You wait for it to jump out at you, for someone to do something extremely rash, for something to suddenly explode. Instead, when people do the unthinkable, the extreme, they do it with such calm that the mind cannot comprehend it.

If I could look past all of this, I am sure there is some great message lurking behind every scene of the film, but, alas, I could not find it.

The one good thing about Wild Grass is that the actors are perfect for the roles. If oddity was what Resnais was trying to accomplish, he did so perfectly with the help of his cast of unfortunate and irrational characters.

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