You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Director: Alain Resnais
Year Released: 2012
Rating: 1.5

A deceased playwright (Denis Podalydès) invites former friends and theater people to come to his house and watch a video recording of his play Eurydice for their approval - while watching, the 'audience' starts reenacting their past roles in the work. Resnais may be in his 90's (and still working: good for him), but his old habits come out in this one: his tendency to consistently tinker with the narrative and drift around aimlessly make this seem to be little more than filmmaking artifice. What he intends as a reflection on memory - the actors that reprise their roles are intended to mentally revisit their past experience with the work - doesn't resonate emotionally, and Resnais' (now decades-old) penchant for intellectual (and cinematic) games leaves this one as a drab, too-cute construct. Sometimes it works for him (Providence), sometimes it doesn't (Stavisky...).