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5.0 out of 5 stars very intense in so many ways, 5 Jan. 2013
This review is from: L'Amour Braque (1985) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible). a.k.a. 'Limpet Love'. (DVD)
If I were to describe Andrzej Zulawski's films using only one word, it would be "intense." From the first few seconds of L'amour braque (Limpet Love or Mad Love) to the very end of the film, it is very intense in so many ways. The story begins with four men robbing a bank in Paris and they make their get away without a hitch hopping on a train to Hungary. On the train, they meet a Hungarian that they find interesting and invite him to join their group in Budapest. These are not your typical guys, but ones that get a thrill out of being atypical and have more energy in one day than most people have in their entire lives.

Mickey, the leader of the mobsters, introduces Leon to his girlfriend Marie, which results in a very strange love triangle. Leon and Marie have an odd connection from first sight and although Mickey has the power to put an end to it, he doesn't. Leon has the ability to get away with things that no one else could with Mickey and his group. Mickey and his gang are more than a little chaotic; their actions are extremely frenzied and even parts of the story get a little confusing among all the chaos (partially due to the fast dialogues and not being fluent in French). While the story is a little confusing at times, it fits right in with the feeling of chaos that we witness (however, I think the main idea of the plot comes across just fine).

Just about all the people we see are quite dramatic and even theatrical. They say many things that are deep and philosophical. My favorite line was right after Mickey gives Leon the cross that he was wearing right off of his neck. Mickey then says something so perfect that it made time stand still, at least for a little while. Another memorable scene for me was where Leon is acting abnormal in a store with Marie and the clerk points out his behavior. This scene was very funny because it reminded me that I am not the only one who thinks their actions are more than a little strange.

While I am most familiar with Zulawski's Polish work, his other films have introduced him to a much wider audience. Limpet Love is similar to L'important c'est d'aimer in these sense that both movies were about two men that love one woman and her internal struggle to choose just one of them. While L'important c'est d'aimer played on physiological tension, Limpet Love employs many sources of tension. The characters are a wild bunch so we get everything that comes along with that.

This is not the type of movie everyone is going to enjoy. I would say you are more likely to like this film if you can appreciate art and can handle watching a lot of chaos. It is a strange blend of action and drama, all the while being visually beautiful.
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