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also known as Fire and Ice

Le combat dans l'île1962

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  • 3.9
A hidden gem of 1960s New French Cinema, Alain Cavalier’s LE COMBAT DANS L’ÎLE is as coolly modern as it is tensely gripping. Filled with thrilling plot twists, jazzy gun battles and stormy betrayals, this scintillating neo-noir unfolds against a backdrop of ’60s political turmoil and is strikingly shot in stark black and white by legendary cinematographer Pierre Lhomme (ARMY OF SHADOWS). The charismatic, surly son of a wealthy industrialist, Clément (Jean-Louis Trintignant) leads a double life as a member of a right-wing extremist organization. When he’s ratted out after a failed assassination attempt on a prominent politician, Clément and his long-suffering wife Anne (the luminous German screen siren Romy Schneider) flee Paris to the idyllic country home of his childhood friend, pacifist print-maker Paul (Henri Serre). As affection blossoms between Paul and Anne, the emotional as well as political tensions soar and eventually explode.

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French cinéaste Alain Cavalier's remarkable debut feature.


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A gorgeous, atmospheric movie that draws you in and is impossible to stop watching; l'atmosphere, c'est tout! That being said, I didn't really at all care about any of the characters; four stars, instead of five, for that reason.

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I confess that it took me a few tries to get through this (blame it on late night viewing). Last night I finally made it through and it is definitely worth watching. The beginning is a little slow and existential, as the anti-hero abuses his wife and is misled in an extremist plot . . . but the second half of the film the focus shifts to the lovely leading lady, and her blossoming under the protection of her husband's childhood friend. I enjoyed the glimpse of the idyllic life that awaits the heroine... the mill on the river . .. that is what made the film worth watching for me. The other leading male actor is nice to look at too.

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A gorgeous, atmospheric movie that draws you in and is impossible to stop watching; l'atmosphere, c'est tout! That being said, I didn't really at all care about any of the characters; four stars, instead of five, for that reason.

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Full of style and devoid of substance. Perfectly French. Gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and a handsome cast, too. Don't even bother with "plot" or "character," though. You could say the film takes a matter-of-fact approach--like, say, Bresson's "Pickpocket"--but that would be overly generous. It doesn't have a comparable sense of direction. In fact, it has no direction at all. Gestures toward contemporary politics are feeble and unconvincing, and nothing else--say, actually weaving scenes together instead of simply having one follow the next--is there to lend depth to people or events. Still, it's a great movie to look at. Just skim the surface and coast. Do you really think art should be more meaningful than life?

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Old school French drama....but hypnotic to watch. Would not have been as good in color, B&W makes it so much better.

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This story goes from one of crime, to that of passion, and then lands on crime of passion. Romy Schneider's character gives breath to the story, as the audience sees her endure verbal and physical abuse, and stifling of life and free will, in general -- and then we see Anne achieve pursuit of her creative dreams, and more... The quality of the film appeared dark, overexposed (and low contrast), which really influenced the sober mood of this entire film.

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everyone is really good in this_really well filmed_the story is a bit on the dumb side_ and Clement is always an asshole but it's well done

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Even 60's nostalgia was not enough to sustain me through this whole movie.

Beautiful, the cinematography blew me away.