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Soft Skin
Soft Skin

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Truffaut most accomplished films., 17 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Soft Skin (DVD)
Truffaut filmed La Peau Douce immediately after the international success of Jules at Jim. Released at the heyday of the nouvelle vague, critics and audiences panned the film as a futile resort to bourgeois classicism after the unconventional antics of his previous masterwork.
They could not have been more mistaken. Time has treated La Peau Douce better than most of his later efforts. It is definitely a triumph of direction with each scene being carefully planned and meticulously structured, not unlike a Hitchcock movie. In practise, Truffaut transposes Hitchcock's mechanisms of suspense into a seemingly trivial story concerning the illicit love affair of a distinguished editor/author with a younger stewardess and its withering consequences. The characters and the milieu of the story are effortless evoked, but the main joy is derived from the visual inventiveness that Truffaut shows in scene after scene. It's a triumph of a purely cinematic mode of expression, which Truffaut was one of the few who had really mastered it.
The DVD does full justice to the film with its excellent transfer and its very insightful commentary (in French with English subtitles).

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6 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but terminally flawed vampire film, 8 April 2003
This film begins on a very interesting premise: the intrinsic sadness of being immortal, having to live from other people's blood, aimlessly wondering through time and history. Definitely a more existential take of the vampire myth. Unfortunately, it falls short of portraying these issues in a dramatically compelling way. Despite the remarkable art-direction and the unnoticeably creative digital effects, Jordan's direction is clunky and episodic without an acute sense of pace that might have given some life to a drab charting of events on a vampire's 200 year life span. There is practically no focal point in the plot apart from a vague sense of seeking some meaning in a vampire life, something that is forced in the movie than developed, lacking decent scenes to support it. When the film tries to get serious, it becomes laughable mainly due to badly written dialogue and to catastrophic performances. Tom Cruise tries but fails to become convincing as a brash, hedonistic vampire aristocrat, Brad Pitt is totally inept in conveying any sense of existential anguish and Banderas is as usually monolithic. A truly missed opportunity for a compelling take in the vampire myth.
The most worthy aspect of this DVD besides the excellent transfer is the commentary by Jordan, a good example of a thoughtful director who fails to dramatize his ideas, especially when he is addressing to a mass audience.

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