This re-release luxuriates in the film’s fresh-as-ever cinematic pleasures while offering illuminating contexts through which to appreciate it anew.
The film presents its tonal switch-ups and narrative swerves with a deadpan belligerence by turns stimulating, calculated, and poignant.
The film subtly complicates viewer expectations early on, eschewing clear-cut character rivalries in favor of more complex emotional and social configurations.
The film’s sidelong narrative glances suggest a privileged world brimming with innuendo-laden excess and barely concealed sexual jealousies.
At once familiar and enigmatic, Javier Rebollo’s The Dead Man and Being Happy feels like a connect-the-dots film with a few lines artfully blurred.
Creating this fantasy Sight & Sound ballot felt as much like excavation as photography.
It plays upon memories of other films that cast aging nonconformists as hip mentors to their doe-eyed queer charges.
Domain retains this essential allusiveness especially in its treatment of Nadia.
A substantial Blu-ray package befitting the legendary status of Jean-Luc Godard’s debut.