Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 23, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wild Grass

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/25/10
performer
Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier, Mathieu Amalric
director
Alain Resnais
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics

We gave it a B+

Marguerite (Sabine Azéma), a woman of a certain age, loses a wallet. Georges (André Dussollier), a gentleman of a certain age, finds it. And in the neurotic cha-cha involved in the item’s return, octogenarian filmmaker Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad?) explores notions of chance, routine, the presentation of self, and the odd stuff that can occur when a man meets a woman, at any age. Wild Grass is itself odd stuff: Sometimes it’s as playful as Marguerite’s crayon-red corona of frizzy hair, and other times as autumnal as the sight of Georges alone in his study, feeling stuck. B+

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