Luc Moullet's The Smugglers is a truly odd experience that really isn't like anything else I have seen before. The plot is pretty much irrelevant, but it involves a man and woman who are smugglers during wartime. After the war ends the two of them meet a third woman, and well, lets just say they go and play in the countryside. The most interesting aspect of Luc Moullet's film is how rebellious the director is towards pretty much every type of cinema convention. Moullet pretty much taunts the viewer, giving them no real idea of where this film is heading, sometimes hinting at one thing, then opting to go in a completely different direction. One could describe the film as an absurdest comedy, as it clearly has a playful tone, think somewhere in between Godard and Wes Anderson. The characters break the fourth wall, scenes are replayed countless times- fast-forwarding and rewinding, as Moullet plays with the viewers perceptions to no end. To be completely honest, I'm not particularly sure what the film is about but Moullet's characters are given the chance to escape the shackles of daily life, yet they don't do anything profound, rather the opposite. In a way it could be Mallet critiquing other films which suggest people would make more of their existence if they broke out of the mold. Definitely not a film for everyone, though I am definitely intrigued to explore more of his work.
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