DEUX FOIS (MIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The 1968 experimental film Deux fois marked the fearless debut of Éric Rohmer’s one-time editor-turned-filmmaker herself, Jackie Raynal. Appearing as the film’s central protagonist (alongside her co-star Francisco Viader), Raynal employs André Weinfeld’s striking black and white photography which follows her on a trip to Spain. Consisting of a series of at first seemingly disconnected vignettes (some of which are replayed, hence the title), Raynal’s loose, confident visual style invites us to map links between each moment, reaching into ourselves as much as into the film itself, and thus acting as a provocation of sorts for us to divine our own meaning, on our own terms.

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