EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|WOMAN BETWEEN WOLF AND DOG (aka: WOMAN IN A TWILIGHT GARDEN) (EEN VROUW TUSSEN HOND EN WOLF) (director/writer: Andre Delvaux; screenwriter: Ivo Michels; cinematographer: Charles Van Damme; editor: Pierre Gillette; music: Etienne Verschueren; cast: Senne Rouffaer (Priest), Raf Reyman (Oom Georges), Bert André (Slager), Rutger Hauer (Adriaan), Roger Van Hool (François), Marie-Christine Barrault (Lieve), Mathieu Carrière (Soldaat uit Duitsland), Tine Balder (Tante Mélanie), Yves Robert (Werkman), Hector Camerlynck (Uncle Odilon); Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: NR; Cinematek-PAL format; 1979-France/Belgium-in Dutch with English subtitles)|
well-crafted and acted, there's a disconnecting
flatness and a lack of subtlety that kept me from
being more drawn to its pacifist sentiments."
by Dennis Schwartz
most political of the great Belgian filmmaker Andre
Delvaux' ("Benvenuta"/"Belle"/"Appointment in
Bray") films. Though well-crafted and acted, there's a
disconnecting flatness and a lack of subtlety that
kept me from being more drawn to its pacifist
sentiments. It's co-written by Delvaux and Ivo
Michels. It's set in Antwerp, 1940, and the language spoken is
The apolitical nurse Lieve
(Rutger Hauer), a gung-ho Flemish
nationalist, who fights on the Eastern Front for the
World War II when neutral Belgium became occupied by
the Nazis. In 1942 Lieve shelters in her cellar one of the French
leaders of the Belgium Resistance, François (Roger Van Hool), and soon has an affair
with him. After the liberation her hubby is imprisoned
for treason and she turns to Francois to get him free.
Lieve eventually chooses her hubby, who is released
from prison. But when hubby is still in denial about
the Holocaust, Lieve, in 1950, splits with her son and
the increasingly crazed Adriaan is left alone to deal
with his inner demons.
asks questions over such things as loyalty and
betrayal, and keenly observes the hypocrisy ingrained
in the mediocre wartime society of Antwerp. Lieve acts
as the director's alter ego, someone trying to embrace
both the French and Flemish cultures but with little
success. The pic shows that both cultures are
fractured with their jingoistic attitudes and hatred
for each other. Nothing earth-shattering turns up, as
the pic frames its scenes in the changing seasons
of the lush family garden and depicts, for
Delvaux, the usual inability of both the French and
Flemish cultures to connect.
REVIEWED ON 7/2/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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