This is a French indie style film set in contempory times. |
The central character in this movie is Jezebel, an attractive young raven haired woman, who has a buddy girlfriend who is a friend with benefits and that sets the table as to her being a bit wayward to some of the mores of the Catholic church which comes into play just a bit later.
She also does the club scene and there is lightly investigated rendezvous with a married man among maybe others.
She is an excellent artist, who can command attention and pay at galleries, but her own self portrait is telling of at the least lots of inner conflict and a taste of remorse.
She meets a priest David, who immediately makes a bet with her girlfriend that she can and will seduce.
The earlier part here does tiptoe as to what her actual motives are, is this a lark or something other than that? It begins to emerge that there is a lusty portion on her part, but she genuinely longs for him as a man and as a conrade that she actually cares about and although she does not state it, her actions begin to give away that this is a dream guy for her.
On his end, he is down to earth, spiritually dedicated and astute, but not supposed to have a woman as per his vows and his identity is almost wholly rapped in his form of dedication to the faith as a priest to where he seems blindsided to his own discordant situation of having an out of bounds attraction towards her as well.
Jezebel is neither a Jezebel nor a man eater, but a somewhat lost soul, at the core lonely and wanting to be loved and love as she is.
This film is a genuine masterpiece of the art film genre.
There are a number of scenes that elucidate real compassion and empathy for her character and the character of David the priest.
In this movie what is most telling for Jezebel, is what she does more so that what she says, showing how when push comes to shove, some of what is said or unsaid, belies the real intentions which reveal in action and reactions.
One is where she is with him as he is handling a conflict in the church, l and he discusses with her what she though of his handling of the situation and his doubts about how he handled it and from there you could see that she potentially was the person he could always bounce things off and how this might be a genuine need on his part, to have someone to bounce things off and two are better than one at times.
The movie is empathizes with her, as she leaves the convent with her art which represents her and her best efforts as this was commissioned to auction off for the church.
What this movie seems to show that by rejecting the steamy side of things, the whole package can be lost of finding and being with the genuine other in fellowship and mutual support. Despite the veneer of their particular stations, these two people could be sincere counterparts, for the long hail, if and only if.
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