An absolutely vibrant period piece about the rise and fall of a Parisian writer. It's filled to the brim with acid and a fun kind of cynicism, but it's wrapped in a cloak of compassion, balancing out the film and making the otherwise depressing ending heartwarming in a bittersweet sort of way.
It's a film that celebrates the life-force of youth, mocks the journalistic profession, and displays the twisted side to aristocracy.
If we are to learn anything from this film and from Barry Lyndon, it's that pursuing a noble title might not be the best choice.
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