‘Miss Bala’ / ‘Regular Lovers’

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After 321 episodes of Sound On Sight, Simon Howell gets ready to make his move to Toronto, marking this the very last time the SOS hosts record a podcast live within the same room and same city. On this very special occasion we continue our France May 68 marathon by taking a look at Philippe Garrel’s Regular Lovers, his response film to Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (a movie we discussed last week). But first up is Miss Bala, Mexico’s 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film, recently released on DVD.


Music Playlist

Jean-Claude Vannier – “Les Gardes Volent Au Secours De Roi”

The Kinks – “This Time Tomorrow”

Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
The Cure – “The Funeral Party”
Visage – “Fade to Grey”
Edith Piaf – “Non, je ne regrette rien”


  1. Ricky says

    Hey Mario,

    I’ve never seen the movie myself. As I said on the podcast, it is a shame that we’ve never had any great films about what took place in France in May 1968. I do like The Dreamers and Regular Lovers was interesting but far from great.

    Perhaps I’ll seek out this movie in the near future but I think now I need a break from the theme.

  2. Mario in Philly says

    I’m just catching up on the current podcasts and have been enjoying the French ’68 theme. A year or two ago I started watching Regular Lovers (as it aired on Sundance Channel) because of the Garrel-Garrel factor. I was into it but midway started losing interest and stopped. I think I’ll put it back on my must-watch list and screen it as you suggest – in two parts.
    There is another 3-hour French film I watched that also deals with the this “theme” called Born in ’68, by the directing duo Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. (Adventures of Felix, My Life on Ice, Cote d’Azure) Their films all have a gay element and I’ve liked all of their films up until this one. But that perhaps could be due to the fact that I was on the screening committee for a gay film festival and felt this didn’t quite fit in. I may have to screen it again with a different eye. Born in ’68 begins with the idealism of the ’60s and leads up to the cynicism of the ’80s. If you’ve seen Born in ’68 I’d like to hear your opinion as I don’t know anyone else who has seen it.

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