Out 1

Out 1 ★★★★

Finally, I have seen this film. This is by far the longest film I have ever seen and perhaps the most rarest film I have ever seen. There is a scene in the final episode near the end where Thomas pretends he's dead and then opens up his eyes and starts laughing for a few minutes. That was my reaction after finishing this film. I laughed hysterically because I just realized that I had finished watching a film that lasted more than 12 hours. I just couldn't believe it. All that time wasted on a film about people with their weird quirks. There were so many things I could've done. I could've read a good book. Go for a walk. Listen to a nice song. Enjoy the weather. Anything. Instead, I watched this film. Why? As a film buff, I felt obligated to watch this film. To me, it was imperative to watch it. I am not saying the film is bad. No not at all, there were moments that were a bit out there such as the acting exercises. But I really enjoyed those scenes because I used to be in one of those acting groups. Those acting exercises were really spot on. At times, I felt as if I was watching a documentary without the narration or explanation. One of the most impressive scenes comes from one of the acting exercises which involves a woman laying down, unresponsive. She has to remain unresponsive for a certain amount of time while the other actors yell at her, drag her, pick her up, poke her, and slam things next to her head. What was really impressive about it was that she remained unresponsive the whole time until they finished the exercise. There are other scenes similar to that one that are also impressive but I'm not going to talk about those. This film is more about testing the patience of the audience because despite all the little stories littered into it, it's actually something we see everyday. It's literally everyday life. I feel as if the filmmaker came to some sort of realization on life and decided to make the longest film he could make. Of course, what I'm saying is probably false, I don't know what the director truly had in mind but maybe he decided to make this experimental film as a way to see just how much the audience will watch. I belong to the group that watched the entire thing and I believe the film is a subtle way of telling those like me that we have no life. I said it before and I'll say it again. I don't know what the director really had in mind. This is simply my interpretation of the film.
Then, there are my other thoughts. Jacques Rivette didn't really insult his audience. It's simply an experiment that he wanted to make after reading La Comedie Humaine by Honore de Balzac and after the civil unrest that began in May 1968. By interconnecting the lives of seemingly unrelated people and having rigorous character development, Rivette quite possibly may have created the most thorough character development in film.
All in all, I don't think I will ever watch this film again. I might watch the reedited film, Spectre, sometime in the future, but I don't think I will ever watch this one again. Not because I hate it or anything. Sure, it does have its own tedious moments but mostly because I am completely sure that this film will be stuck in my head for years to come. It's like the effect I had with Celine and Julie Go Boating. I didn't really like it while watching it, but after some months passed by, the memory of the experience I had watching it slowly crept in. I cherished that memory and I still do to this day because it brought a sense of bittersweet nostalgia that I simply can't explain. I'm sure I'll have the same feeling when thinking about this film a few months from now.