Not on the Lips
Filmfest 2004

Set in the 1920s, the story follows the romantic complications of the Valandray family. Pretty Huguette is chasing after young artist Charley, who is into his own art movement, coocooism, which he believes will supplant the Dadaists and Cubists. Charley is enamored of an older woman, Gilberte Valandray. Gilberte is married to Georges, whose surprise business partner turns out to be Gilberte's first husband, American Eric Thomson. Of course Eric wants to rekindle the flame with his ex-wife. Getting confused in the middle of all the romantic shenanigans is Gilberte's spinster sister, Arlette and old-fashioned womanizer Faradel. Jacques Saulnier, who has been with Resnais since „Marienbad“ in 1961, does outstanding production design duties, cluttering each environment with the ornate and the pristine beyond the point of gaudiness. The title is a send up of American prudery, and Resnais gets a further dig in with Eric's purposefully awful French.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Nanty, Audrey Tautou, Pierre Arditi, Darry Cowl


Director: Alain Resnais