Okay, I’m not the only one who wondered if Rendezvous might have been dubbed. The short is a high speed drive through Paris—sometimes the pace seems questionable, like Lelouch was able to speed it up (which seems unlikely in most parts, because other cars move at a normal pace) and the traffic patterns are odd. No one really gets in the way of the car. But for the most part, Rendezvous is a transfixing eight minutes.
Still, the ending, which I guess is famous (commercials homage it), is a failure.
Lelouch creates this experimental film, then adds a weak narrative to it.
What’s most impressive, technically speaking, has to be the focus. It’s incredible Lelouch was able to keep the focus sharp; the short’s shot on 35mm.
Regardless of the controversy over the Lelouch’s methods—and that lame finish—Rendezvous is a great looking travelogue and very nearly sublime.
Written and directed by Claude Lelouch; director of photography, Jacques Lefrançois.