Four Nights of a Dreamer

Four Nights of a Dreamer

Whereas its philosophical step-sister „Une femme douce“ was a tragedy of masculine insensitivity and feminine hysteria, „Four Nights of a Dreamer“ reverses both the roles and the genre, as now feminine fickleness accompanies male self-pitying in a string of humorous observations on human nature, anti-climaxing with a comedic finale for the ages.

Jacques and Marthe are losers supreme, the sterilized, dysphasic youth roaming the illuminated bridges and the streets of the postmodern Babylon, deaf and dumb to all but their own internal world of dreams and yearnings, locked in silence as by an external force of the disorienting noise which leads so many astray (see how the displaced, exotic tune on the radio preordains Marthe's destiny, as by the lithest of coincidences).

Yet, despite the odds, the impossible nearly happens, and, as the city spells „heartbreak“ with all its lights and colors, the youth are drawn closer together, and in a stream of ephemeral words (as they have nothing to say to others, only to themselves), one half-lived night after another, their silent desires finally articulate themselves… only to be torn apart in a cruel twist of fate, not by the circumstances of then and now, but rather by the very nature of men and woman persistent since time immemorial.

The ultimate joke, the shattering of all illusions: the man choses the fantasy over the real woman, the woman follows the dogwhistle of her dream man, and first impressions turn out to be unerring once again: why search for words, when words can change nothing? What a trap the human minds is…

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