The Creatures

1966 [FRENCH]

Action / Drama / Fantasy

5
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.4/10 10 1230 1.2K

Director

Top cast

Catherine Deneuve as Mylène
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865.76 MB
1280*544
French 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 34 min
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1.57 GB
1920*816
French 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 34 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by I_Ailurophile 8 / 10

Wonderfully weird, imaginative, & well done (for niche audiences)

It's Pierre Barbaud's score that first catches one's attention, flush with high and somewhat discordant strings that would be well suited for an arthouse horror flick. That semblance may not be so far off base, actually, as Janine Verneau's tight editing produces a unique flurry of imagery. Conjured by Agnès Varda's unique vision, that imagery includes scene writing, dialogue, and characters that ride a fine line between "a few centimeters removed from 'natural' and 'normal'" and "completely weird and outrageous," not to mention select visuals that may or may not be discretely tied to the narrative. Even more to the point, Varda's tale is most definitely crafted with an oblique, off-kilter flow and sensibility befitting the more far-flung and artful side of cinema. I don't think there's much arguing that this is a title for a more niche audience, but by the same token, it's expertly crafted across the board, and is solidly engaging even in its strangeness. 'Les créatures' certainly won't appeal to all, nor would I expect it to, but I had a great time watching and think this is well worth exploring.

The indistinct lines between fiction and reality in the picture are part and parcel of the visuals presented to us, nevermind the tenor that influences all else on hand. With the fantastical bent firmly established after a time, the delightfully vivid choices of filming locations, production design, art direction, costume design, hair, and makeup are made quite clear, and the supremely mindful, tasteful cinematography is all the more lovely for the fact of it. As if she hadn't done so elsewhere, Varda illustrates without question her expertise as a director; shots and scenes here may be on the more curious and offbeat side of things, but she orchestrates the tableau with a shrewd eye and dexterous hand to build the whimsy and the mystery. Even at that, maybe more than anything else what the unusual slant of 'Les créatures' provides is an opportunity for the cast to just have a total blast. Esteemed actors that Michel Piccoli was and Catherine Deneuve is, it feels a bit like this gives them a chance to show another side of themselves, and try something a little different. So it is too with co-stars like Eva Dahlbeck, Bernard La Jarrige, Jeanne Allard, and all others on hand.

By all means, it's a decidedly odd feature that Varda conjured, one that pointedly confuses the levels of "reality" here. I won't say that I understand everything she was doing with her screenplay, but as she had accordingly spoke of "inspiration" as the underlying impetus and motif, I can only reflect in turn that the movie is itself rather inspired. It's wonderfully imaginative in every capacity, the the story she put together is a minor joy. It sure seems like everyone involved was having fun, a feeling that's easily communicated and shared with viewers. I can understand how this won't necessarily appeal to wide general audiences, but I'm very pleased with how inventive 'Les créatures' is, how well it's made, and how enjoyable and satisfying. Unless one is a diehard fan of someone who participated it may not be an outright must-see, but for those who are receptive to all the wild possibilities of what the medium has to offer, as far as I'm concerned this is well worth checking out if one comes across it.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 10 / 10

Heavenly Creatures.

With Christmas coming up,I started searching round for a French New- Wave (FNW) title that I could give a friend as an X-Mas gift.Talking to a DVD seller,I was happy to learn that he had recently tracked down a near-forgotten FNW title starring Catherine Deneuve,which led to me getting ready to discover what creatures lay inside the zoo.

The plot:

Driving with his wife Mylène Piccoli, Edgar takes a wrong turn and crashes his car,which leads to Mylène becoming a mute.

Weeks later:

Desperate to complete the writing of his Sci-Fi novel (which is about an evil mastermind,who secretly drops metallic discs into peoples pockets,in order to control them),Edgar decides to put his free-wheeling life behind,and to instead put his head down and spend most of the time writing the book,and spending time with Mylène (who due to still being mute writes on boards.)Talking to Mylène,Edgar is given the excellent news that she is pregnant.

Attempting to relax from his writing,Edgar decides to take long walks around the near-by town.Due to it being a small island where everyone knows everything,the locals start to think that some is wrong with Edgar,due to how little he talks to any of them.Running into a number of locals, (from petty thieves to shop owners) Edgar finds his anger to boil over,which leads to most of the towns residence viewing him as a weirdo.Spotting a strange tower on the outskirts of the town,Edgar arranges 2 local thieves to sneak him in,which leads to Edgar discover that the mysterious resident of the tower is playing a rather peculiar game of chess.

View on film:

Whist she has hardly any lines of dialogue,the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve gives an exquisite performance as Mylène,thanks to Deneuve showing the psychological effect that Edgar's behaviour has had on Mylène,with Deneuve give Mylène a stoic face,which reveals the lack of emotion that she is receiving from Edgar.Entering the movie as a right playboy, Michel Piccoli gives a superb,rather subtle performance as Edgar,whose self-centred edges soften,as Piccoli shows the weight of Edgar's chess game with the mysterious stranger to slowly sink in.

Being one of the few women directors of the FNW,writer/director Agnès Varda shows that she can proudly stand her own ground against any guys of the FNW.Giving the film a rustic documentary quality via B&W footage of the towns shipping yard and shops.Allowing the viewer to sink into the B&W,Varda suddenly turns the film upside down,by brilliantly splashing the film with red,which along with expressing Edgar's boiling emotions,also gives the title an ultra- stylised chess motif,as Edgar finds out that there are people who he can't check-mate.

Reviewed by gridoon2021 2 / 10

Incomprehensible muddle

In this totally senseless pseudo-sci-fi film, Catherine Deveuve is mute for 95% of the time; as if to compensate, her husband Michel Piccoli (playing a character named Piccoli - how profound) can talk to animals! Shot in black-and-white, the film uses a red monochrome every time someone does something weird - which happens a lot. It also has an incessantly piercing violin score. One of those art films which drive people away from art films. 0.5 out of 4 stars.

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