After sitting through the two hour romantic crash and burn that is Contempt, I was left in awe. The movie was a condensed version of falling out of love. Ninety percent of the movie was a continuous shot of Paul and Camille just talking, not even arguing. Jean-Luc Godard was able to capture the sequence of falling out of love and compact these events into a film that was set over a span of maybe two days.
The scene that stands out the most in my mind is when Camille and Paul are in the apartment and there is obviously an argument brewing. Camille presents to Paul her new look, metaphorically a look that is not the same girl that Paul fell in love with, almost to represent that she had changed. Paul bluntly replies with something along the lines of I like you better blonde and an argument ensues. In this scene especially, I notice how subtitles almost distract from the tone of voice that the characters are speaking in. When I read the subtitles I just hear a voice inside my head reading them calmly, not Camille or Paul’s voice screaming them. Even though there was not much dramatic screaming throughout the film, I had a lot harder of a time judging the characters tones and emotions while having to read the subtitles.
All in all, this movie is written without a firm or concrete plot and is shot very simply with not many effects or brilliant cinematography. The majority of the time it is just Camille and Paul being followed around their apartment, the street, or a cliff and every time they argue and become one more step towards their inevitable separation.