Rabbit Hole; L’Année dernière à Marienbad/ Last Year at Marienbad (1961) movie analysis essay.

“You’re raving, I’m tired, Leave me alone, please”


When I watched this movie I just could not seem to shake the feeling it gave me off and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be awhile.

Last Year at Marienbad is French/Italian movie by Hiroshima, Mon Amour director, Alain Resnais and written by Alain Robbe-Grillet. The main characters are The Man, The Woman and The second Man played by Giorgio Albertazzi, Delphine Seyrig and Sacha Pitoeff. The movie deals with subjects like dream-like state, repetition, loops and surrealism, in a way it reminded me so much of Maya Deren‘s (1943) experimental short film Meshes of the Afternoon dealing with the same subjects and also one of my favorite movies that I have seen lately.

Aside from the stunning cinematography, the haunting opening and ending scenes, and the great performances, the actual shooting of this movie is pretty artistic and interesting, the real Marienbad is located in Czech Republic and the director brilliantly blended two different palace complexes in and around Munich resulting in a beautiful goth like environment and an absolutely atmospheric imagery.

This one of those movies were anyone can watch it and interpret it differently and there won’t be a real incorrect inputs, but I’d like to share my take on it;






For me this movie is like a bizarre portrait of depression, that of which is being played in a literal form by Giorgio Albertazzi. The repetition of the dialogue and imagery gives the sensation of being trapped and stuck in a state that only ends to start all over again.

One thing I noticed is that he is always following Delphine Seyrig around, not only in the sense of him putting ideas in her head, never responding to her constant begging to be left alone, but he was literally always one step behind her when moving, he is never walking beside her, he is always crawling behind until the very last scene, when he succeeds in making her “go away with him” and leaving her conveniently barely even around , unaware of her struggle loved one behind, who, strangely enough, never seem to notice that she spends most of her time with Albertazzi. There’s this one scene where he approaches her whilst having a convesation with The Man and doesn’t even acknowledge him.

The hotel seems to be full of people but she is always alone, and they are a few scenes where they are suddenly frozen, one in the first opening scene an a couple later on, if you are familiar with depression symptoms you will know that it affects your sense of time, where time somehow feel like it’s slowing down or standing still/freezing.
It also affects the way one connect with another human being, to her they are almost robotics, we never see her engaging in any sort of games or conversations with any of those guests, she is alienated and only has one voice in her head, even when she cries for help in front of them hoping someone would notice her, nothing really seem to change.

There is also a key scene that might be a clue that she’s been suffering/fighting depression for a long time, the scene is where she opens a drawer and finds a significant number of pictures of her,  and it happens to be the exact same picture that the man gave her, which indicates that he’s given her the picture before, many times because depression is always the same.

I think the references of the last year spent in that place was to foreshadow a traumatizing event, betrayal, or even guilt of some sort that took place sometime ago which is actually briefly hinted for in a scene of a play that was acted out at Marienbad where we see sequence of flashbacks that had to do with a sexual abuse incident.


“You never seem to be waiting for me, but we kept meeting at every turn of the paths. Behind every bush, at the foot of each statue, near every pond. It is as if it had been only you and I in all that garden.”







The movie is titled Last Year at Marienbad, and since we already know she’s been there few times, and she’s been suffering from depression for years, what if in the same way that The Man is depression, Marienbad is life? What if the last scene where she is walking into darkness with The Man is actually her committing suicide? What if the Last Year in Marienbad is her last year being alive?

I am not really sure of my analysis and it really doesn’t matter if it’s what’s intended but that’s what felt during this experience, such an amazing piece of art.

Rabbit Hole; The Lobster (2016)

The Lobster is a black comedy/drama movie set in a dystopian future, the first English language movie by Dogthooth director Yorgos Lanthimos which is just as weird, unique and original. I normally find these first trials to be a bit disappointing but The Lobster and Park Chan-wook’s Stoker definitely prove me wrong. When I decided to watch it the movie poster is what first caught my eyes  very beautiful use of white space.


“He did not burst into tears and he didn’t think that the first thing most people do when they realize that someone doesn’t love them anymore is cry.”

The movie starts with unfamiliar looking Colin Farrell “David” being left by his ex wife and moving out with his dog/ or his brother to what we later know as The Hotel, a place where newly single people stay for a period of time in order to find a partner and if they failed to become a couple during that period they will be turned into an animal of their choice.

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Let me just say that this is hands down one of the strangest and unsettling movies I’ve ever seen, and not because it’s set in a future society where people are turned to animals if they can’t find a partner. But because there were so many moments in this movie where I just didn’t know what to feel, how can it be so depressing yet so incredibly funny? A lot of scenes had something terrible and disturbing going on but the dialogue was hilarious I was literally laugh-crying during it. It’s definitely not an easy movie to watch, but I totally loved it. There are many movies out there that’s labeled Black-Comedy but this one is truly is. Everything about this movie is brilliant, the story, the acting, the music is shocking, the cinematography is amazing; the shots reflect loneliness, and the use of colors mostly cool-toned match the coldness of the movie, the blue-blooded lobster perfectly.


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After I wrote my review of this movie I checked letterboxd for other reviews, and I rarely encounter a movie that leave everyone feeling exactly like one another, Lanthimos is a master with his vision, delivers, sends a clear message, yet it’s thought provoking, it lingers, and is hard to shake off.

Rabbit Hole; Repulsion (1965)

Rabbit Hole is a new thing I’ll do where I’ll talk/rant about one of my favorite movies.

I just rewatched Repulsion, Roman Polanski’s masterpiece in my opinion, though he made lots of amazing movies, but nothing came close to this except maybe a very similar film that deals with the same subject, The Tenet which he starred and directed, by still didn’t beat Repulsion for me.



I still remember the first time I watched this movie. Simply because it’s the most terrifying non-horror movie I’d ever watched. Not an easy watch, deeply unsettling, I had it stuck in my head for weeks after I had seen it. Polanski’s portrait of a troubled woman is unreal, a woman who since the very beginning we can feel her loneliness, her shallow eyes reflects how alienated she is, how she is living in her own world and slowly descend to madness in such a way that is truly haunting best representation of the isolation and fear and agony that surrounds an insane mind.

“I must get this crack mended..” she knows something is terribly wrong, does she ever seek anyone?



Everything about this movie is perfect, the cinematography is surreal and terrifying, Catherine Deneuve gives the best performance of her career. The whole thing is an intense experience. The end left me speechless. You know why she learnt to keep quit, why she never seek anyone. It’s a must see, I also made a playlist called “Carole’s Illusion” because I couldn’t get over this movie.

Carole’s Illusion from TheRealRadwa on 8tracks Radio.