Dans la ville blanche
DANS LA VILLE BLANCHE (IN THE WHITE CITY) was a turning-point in Tanner's career as a director. Bringing him renewed public acclaim, which he had not enjoyed since JONAS QUI AURA 25 ANS..., it also marked a change in his aesthetic approach. Although escape and the desire for solitude had always been key Tannerian themes, they had previously been developed on a left-wing foundation and characterised by conversation and playful fantasy, a paradise of puns and facetious remarks in which his characters were at home. There is nothing of the kind in this film, the most striking aspect of which is its silence, stark poetry and sombre melancholy.