Favorites Of The Moon

  • 1984
  • 1 HR 41 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

"An abstract comedy," as director Otar Iosseliani describes it, FAVORITES OF THE MOON transcends normal narrative structure and ignores logic and time boundaries while concentrating on two archaic objects--an 18th-century set of china and a 19th-century portrait of a nude. These two objects are actually the film's central characters, while the actors are...read more

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"An abstract comedy," as director Otar Iosseliani describes it, FAVORITES OF THE MOON transcends normal narrative structure and ignores logic and time boundaries while concentrating on two archaic objects--an 18th-century set of china and a 19th-century portrait of a nude. These two

objects are actually the film's central characters, while the actors are reduced to pieces in Iosseliani's filmic games. Set in Paris, the film follows a crowd of characters--including trendy art dealers, burglars, terrorists, and a punk-rock singer--as their lives and relationships intertwine in

a purposefully perplexing manner. For example, a gun dealer's wife, Alix De Montaigu, is sleeping with a burglar who also sleeps around with a beauty salon owner, Katja Rupe, who is having an affair with a detective, Hans Peter Cloos, who eventually arrests her father when it is discovered that he

is making bombs for a terrorist group. Enveloped in the midst of this three-ring extravaganza, the viewer has little choice but to sit back and watch Iosseliani's show--absorbing the blitz of characters and interrelationships. Similar in some respects to the circularity of Max Ophul's 1950 French

classic LA RONDE, the puzzling effects of all Jacques Rivette pictures, and the GRAND HOTEL stylings of Jean-Luc Godard's THE DETECTIVE, FAVORITES OF THE MOON is undeniably inventive. It is not a film, however, for those expecting to walk out of the theater with a clear understanding of what they

saw. Though it revolves around certain classical themes and structures (the plot of the film revolves around elusive antiques), FAVORITES OF THE MOON takes off in a number of different directions simultaneously, seemingly haphazardly, but actually with a specific, though obscure, structure. (To

silence some detractors who view this disorder as sloppy, the film was meticulously storyboarded shot for shot in the preproduction stages.) Directed by a Georgian Russian who previously had to answer to Soviet censors, the film also boasts the screenwriting talents of Gerard Brach, best known for

his collaborations with Roman Polanski. (In French; English subtitles.)

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