Simone Barbes or Virtue ★★★★★

Kind of a perfect film in miniature, a real-time document of little more than an uneventful night out that recalls a queer version of one of Rohmer's effortless microdramas. Each of Marie-Claude Treilhou’s three scenes — the end of a shift working at a straight porno theater, a trip to a lesbian bar, driving home with a stranger — couldn’t be more stylistically or tonally different, but combined create a portrait of urban loneliness and a flippant commentary on patriarchal control that’s never anything less than totally entertaining or quietly moving. I loved this. 

I’d be shocked if this wasn’t an influence on Théo & Hugo and (especially) Knife + Heart.

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