1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.
A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of national conflict, loss and trauma, Those Who Remained reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.
In 18th century France a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding.
In the festival scene the women sing 'non possunt fugere' continuously: it's Latin for 'they cannot escape'. The same chant can be heard over the closing credits. See more »
What do you tell your models to amuse them?
Are you bored?
No. I'm interested in you.
Your complexion is remarkable today. You're very elegant. You pose beautifully. You're pretty. That's what I tell them.
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The acting by the two principle actresses in this movie is first-rate. The direction, though it moves slowly, is very good.
But what made this movie remarkable for me was the cinematography. The most striking scenes feature the blonde character walking along the shore against a relatively light-blue sea. You have to see it to experience how beautiful those scenes are.
But some of the interior scenes have face lighting that will make you think of Rembrandt. (The movie is about a painter, so it's not surprising that the lighting of faces should be very important.)
There are other scenes where you have one deep red dress against a white background, again to very striking effect.
I just saw this movie in France, so with neither dubbing nor subtitles. I don't know how it will work with either of them.
But if you can understand the language - which is very clear, very classic standard French with little background noise behind it - you will discover a remarkable study of two women photographed in a truly astounding manner.
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