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As in all of Resnais's theatrical adaptations, the performances are warm and naturalistic, countering the artificiality of the stage conventions and illuminating the universal struggle to create personal meaning in lives bound by social convention.
So frothy and chiffonesque it threatens to burst its own cheeks.
What a way to go. If you have to go, and we all do.
Where the director's early work was haunted by the Holocaust, the atomic bomb and the Algerian war, Life of Riley blithely celebrates love, possibility and absurdist surprises.
"Life of Riley" is neither especially profound nor riotously funny.
If this isn't a grand finale (2012's "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" felt that way), it's still an affectionate coda for a master.
A funny, energetic, comic-book-influenced film marked by saturated colors, theatrical sets, and middle-aged people acting like the lovelorn leads favored by Eric Rohmer.
While it may be too mannered for mainstream audiences, the film is also a knowing exploration of human interaction
Ayckbourn's quintessentially British tale of death and infidelity in rural Yorkshire translates surprisingly well into Resnais' auteurist form, making for a delightful postmodern experiment in the intertextuality of art.
It's the end of a filmmaking career of over 60 years, perhaps not the last word he would have chosen. but a pleasant variation on a theme in a rich career
While this may not be Resnais' finest work, it's a worthy final offering to mark what has been a truly illustrious career.
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