La Chimera (2023)

La Chimera (2023)

A dreamy, bewitching film that ponders on ideas of lostness and longing

The Very Best

8.0

Movie

France, Italy
English, French, Italian
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
2023
ALICE ROHRWACHER, FEMALE DIRECTOR
Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Alessandro Genovesi
133 min

TLDR

It’s one of those films that leaves you with more questions than answers, but makes sure the experience is worthwhile, if not unforgettable.

What it's about

In the Italian countryside, Englishman Arthur (Josh O'Connor) and his ragtag group of tomb raiders loot with abandon. Though Arthur still grieves his lost wife, he finds comfort in the company of his mother-in-law’s student, the singer Italia (Carol Duarte).

The take

La Chimera is often meandering. Scenes flitter about and move at different paces, resembling dreams more than they do reality, but they’re hardly trivial. Just the opposite, they enchant you with their beauty and confront you with deep, existential questions that haunt you long after the film’s run. You won’t find obvious answers here though, and you might even leave more perplexed than when you began. But that is the beauty of a film like La Chimera, it cracks you open to different realms and possibilities.

What stands out

Director Alice Rohrwacher and cinematographer Hélène Louvart are longtime collaborators, and with La Chimera, they’ve never been more precise and delicate in their work.

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