Moviemaking may be the most multilayered of art forms, but at the end of the day, it's still about telling a story.

Moviemaking may be the most multilayered of art forms, but at the end of the day, it's still about telling a story.

Alain Resnais' "Wild Grass" is quite amazing in some of its layers, but its overall shortcoming in its tale makes it a mixed bag.

It's the story of a chance encounter brought about by a common act of pickpocketry when Georges (Andre Dussollier) finds a stolen wallet belonging to Marguerite (Sabine Azema).

The pair begins an awkward dance in the exchange of info, as curiosity brings them together in what could have been a simple "thanks."

It's tough to recommend a movie solely for the cinematography, but "Wild Grass" comes damn close. Its lovingly lit splashes of primary colors and dancing camerawork are top-notch.

But despite some great whimsical touches including clever use of an unseen narrator, the story just failed to grab me. And for movies, story is king.