Under 30s may well identify with Nadine but anyone older may find her a bit of a self centred pain. We all know the teen years are a difficult time but apart from Holden Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye fame, teenage angst is something one tends to lose interest in as adult.
The films of Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni conjure up images of a modernist milieu peopled by a disaffected middle class. An escape from a superficially comfortable but ultimately unsatisfactory present often seems out of reach for Antonioni’s characters. L’Eclisse – following on from the filmmaker’s classics L’Avventura and La Notte – continues in this vein, presenting a beautifully crafted yet unnerving exploration of contemporary life, where the ostensible story is a framework for Antonioni’s ideas.