Nuit bleue

A young woman, Antonia, returns to her island of birth, Corsica, after one of her relatives has disappeared at sea. There she is torn between her old love Ettore and the dumb Alexander. The quest for Antonia’s place in a masculine environment of armed nationalism takes place against the spectacular landscape of Cap Corse—a landscape that itself becomes a leading character. The plot of this fascinating film, entirely without dialogue, is told in songs such as “Ne dis rien” by Serge Gainsbourg. With the songs, the maker reveals the psychology of his characters, who seem to be in the grip of an age-old, atavistic melancholy.