You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

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As the title of his new film suggests, at age 91 the French New Wave master Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad, Hiroshima, Mon Amour) is indeed still full of surprises as he creates a sly and thoughtful riff on the nature of art, actors and aging. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet! gathers a stellar who’s-who of French acting royalty (including Mathieu Amalric, Michel Piccoli, and frequent Resnais muse Sabine Azéma) to portray actors and friends (characters based on themselves) of a recently deceased playwright (Denis Podalydès). The characters are summoned to the home of the late playwright, who appears on a TV screen from beyond the grave to ask his erstwhile collaborators to evaluate a recording of an experimental theatre company performing his Eurydice – a play they themselves have all appeared in over the years. As the video runs, these seasoned thespians begin acting out the play themselves, taking the opportunity to perform for their playwright friend one final time and to reflect on a life in the theater, looking back into the past much like the mythic Orpheus himself. Resnais has been long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater, and cinema, and his latest film serves as a wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance. (Dir. by Alain Resnais, 2013, France, in French with subtitles, 115 mins., Not Rated, Kino Lorber) Digital