Let’s remember some of Jean-Claude Carrière’s famous works: Belle de Jour, That Obscure Object of Desire, Valmont, At Eternity’s Gate. Just like Buñuel and Goya, he is nurturing a mystery feeling. In this intimate travel into Goya’s universe Carrière is highlighting many symbols where the visible is but light’s floaty foam. His sudden condition, plunged in absolute silence, opened Goya’s eyes to even deeper meanings, and Jean-Claude Carrière is reading the paintings for us like books yet, this movie, is very far from an hermetical art documentary. Surrealism, modernity, war, migration, this crazy world, but for all three of them an absolute source of beauty.
This film turned out to be a farewell, what better way for Jean-Claude Carrière than to make it in front of the camera. Surrounded by his precious friends Goya and Buñuel he says goodnight to Maja Desnuda, the first ever profane life-size female nude, as man is but human and mortality his precious devine gift.
Death breaks the cage but does not kill the bird
Is telling his wife, citing an Iranian poet. As he remains here below through his woks and cinematographic visions and finally can look to see it all.
by Alexandra Mas