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Truffaut film lacks vitality of previous efforts
Two English Girls is another
Francois Truffant adaptation or
one of Henri Pierre Roche's novels,
the first being Jules and Jim. And
while Jules and Jim was a charming
and intense film, this latest release
is not -but not for lack of trying.
Truffaut's latest films have been
market! by a reserve, a gentleness
and melancholy entirely apart from
the exuberant flow that brought
Truffaut to the fore as a filmmaker.
In fact, much disappointment has
been found in Truffaut's more
recent films, with the outstanding
exception of The Wild Child.
Two English Girls is reminiscent
of Jules and Jim in that each
involves a love triangle, the latter
with a female in the center and the
former with a male in the center.
But the similarities stop there.
Joan-Pierre Leauri, a long-time
favorite of Truffaut, is badly
miscast in the role of Claude.
The females in this film are
sisters. They are both exhaustingly
messed up sexually and terribly
emotional in their martyr-like
sacrifices for one another.
The story is set at the turn of
the century in Paris and the Welsh
countryside. Visiting in Paris, Anne
Browne, played adequately by Kika
Markham, meets Claude Roc, an
aspiring writer and friend of the
family. The two begin a
stimulating, Platonic relationship
but always under the shadow of
Anne's absent sister Muriel.
Claude visits the Browne's in
Wales and there falls for Muriel. She
rejects him, so he returns to Paris
and takes up a life of women and
Anne later returns to Paris, this
time with Muriel, who has finally
decided to give herself to Claude.
He is amazed and backs off.
Anne am' Muriel return to
Wales, where Anne dies of
tuberculosis. Muriel decides to
teach in Brussels but stops off in
Calais for a rendevous with Claude,
and their love for one another
finally is consummated.
The movie is uncomfortable; the
viewer is run through the very dregs
of boredom in order to reach a few
touching scenes of tenderness.
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