“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)
How bad is it? It's interminably dull. Should you see it? No.
"Ooh, it stars Pete Doherty from the Libertines! And it's directed by a woman! And it's based on a French novel. It just HAS to be interesting!" or so I imagine anyone saying who's considered watching this film not knowing it's being skewered by critics. The story's semi-autobiographical, about de Musset's romance with George Sand during the political strife of the 1830's. Want to see malaise and ennui filmed? There's a duel, betrayal, despair, debauchery, death and a small role for odd-looking model Lily Cole; unfortunately, there's about 90 minutes of mumbling narration and not enough plot to hang the film on. This would've been hard to make without first-time actors and an inexperienced director. As it is, it's a chore to sit through.