Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Le Feu follet (Louis Malle, 1963) aka The Fire Within

The Fire Within (Louis Malle, 1963)
Rating: 10

A beautiful and chilling portrait of a man battling his own inner turmoil and self loathing as he contemplates suicide. A lovely piano score accompanies this emotionally riveting film as Alain Leroy (Maurice Ronet) visits his old friend's from his youth the day he has set to kill himself. Dubourg, Alain's dramatic foil, who love's life and embraces the changes that come with adulthood, insists his friend is stuck in adolescence. Alain himself admits that he refuses to grow up.

"I too hate sleeping on tombs, when it's so easy to sleep inside."

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