yes!...i think your thoughts and feelings on the french new wave is very similar to my experience. i took a film appreciation class when i was 19. acourse i did not like many of the "great classic" at the time(probably because i didn't identify with any theme/character, more over i dozed off to many "great" films(2001, citizen kane, etc...)
...then one night, he showed a little french film with a kid named doinel. i moved myself in front of the room almost directly in front of the t.v.
...that was the beginning of my life long romance with
jlg, truffaut, ozu, visconti, fellini, wkw, cassavettes & hundreds of others. it's almost to the point of insanity.
i love real life too, but i just wish i can find some one
like greta garbo, maggie cheung, leslie cheung or a binoche character and fall madly in love!! until then...i'll pop in
Atalante, L' once in awhile.