A woman in a hotel room is waiting for her lover Emile to return. When he does, he makes himself comfortable on the bed to read his paper. She tells him that she is fed up with him, but he is indifferent to her rage. She accuses him of infidelity and threatens to cheat on him and leave him.
In Le bel indifférent, Jacques Demy’s penchant for primary colors bleeds into a monologue of jealousy and rage. Here an expired romance hangs over a blood-red room like a ghost. Adapted from a one-act Jean Cocteau play, this hard-to-see film is compact in its length yet explosive in its impact.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States