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My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days

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19891h 50m151 views

A most whimsical, hurly-burly quasi-autobiographical love romp from the master of operatic intellectual romance! French pop star Jacques Dutronc is a genius computer programmer diagnosed with a terminal brain disease, and Sophie Marceau is the flighty main attraction of a hilariously surreal mentalist nightclub act. Embarking on a billowy, tempestuous May-September fling (mirroring Zulawski and Marceau’s own marriage), they both move through their respective childhood traumas, while simultaneously racing to retain Lucas’ grasp of language. A pastel-and-neon poetic feast not only on the visual level, but also literally, My Nights… astounds with its lush wordplay — for the only way that Lucas is able to progressively battle his own evaporating mind is to speak with increasingly rhyming and metaphorical flourishes, until the entire world becomes one big sweet-toothed, Zulawskian word-association game.

Avante-garde writer/director Andrzej Zulawski’s sad but dramatic romance was pretentious and self-indulgent, and included elements such as drug use and lesbianism. Although derived from a French romantic novel, it was uncredited to the author Raphaële Billetdoux.

The two main characters at a seaside resort who were engaged in a disjointed, tragic affair for several days and nights within a posh hotel suite were:

Lucas (Jacques Dutronc), a computer language specialist
Blanche (Sophie Marceau, the long-time girlfriend of the director at the time), an emotionally-unstable, weepy, unhappy younger female who reluctantly aspired to be a flamboyant nightclub performer in a mind-reading psychic act
During one of her psychic acts while wearing a red silky dress on stage, she pulled down the front of it to reveal her breasts.

Lucas had been diagnosed with a rare debilitating brain disease that was causing him to gradually lose his communication skills and memory. Their unusual and intense erotic relationship (“Love means pain, lots of pain”) was tempered by the mental condition of both, and their haunting childhood memories.

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Genre: (1980-1989), 1989, Bare breasts, Drama, Female Nudity, Nudity, Romance, Sex

Director: Andrzej Żuławski, Leslie Tabuteau

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