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Agnes Jaoui, Paolo Sorrentino, Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Fan Bingbing at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival Jury photocall - Cannes, France - Wednesday 17th May 2017

Agnes Jaoui, Maran Ade, Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Chastain and Fan Bing Bing
Agnes Jaoui, Maran Ade, Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Chastain and Fan Bing Bing

Look At Me (2004) Review


Bad
Maybe in Europe, whining is looked upon as an art form. Three years ago, the Italian movie The Last Kiss -- a precursor to Garden State -- was released in the U.S. It bitched and moaned its way to rave reviews, a few festival prizes, and a soon-to-be released American adaptation (starring, yes, Zach Braff and Rachel Bilson), all the while driving me bonkers.

Now, from France, we have Look at Me, another movie lavished with praise that plays like an extra special, extra whiny, extra long episode of thirtysomething. The characters in Look at Me bitch so much about their troubles that you wonder how they're able to get through the day. You care that they find happiness not out of any sympathy for them, but so there's finally silence.

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Un Air De Famille Review


OK
There are exactly three moments in this movie that are really worth watching, and one of them comes when a fashionable woman's choker is mistaken for a dog collar (an obvious joke I know, but always funny). The other two moments are the only two times that this relentless work of realism even begins to approach optimism.

Un Air de Famille, or Family Resemblances by its English title, is your typical under-drama from the French cinema. It is a single setting observation of the interactions of an estranged family at the weekly family dinner, when tensions begin to run high. I would mention the performances here, but they all kind of run into one melancholy melange, ultimately resulting in very striking resemblances between the characters, at least insofar as my opinion of them.

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Look At Me Review


Bad
Maybe in Europe, whining is looked upon as an art form. Three years ago, the Italian movie, The Last Kiss -- a precursor to Garden State -- was released in the U.S. It bitched and moaned its way to rave reviews, a few festival prizes, and a soon-to-be released American adaptation (starring, yes, Zach Braff and Rachel Bilson), all the while driving me bonkers.

Now, from France, we have Look at Me, another movie lavished with praise that plays like an extra special, extra whiny, extra long episode of thirtysomething. The characters in Look at Me bitch so much about their troubles that you wonder how they're able to get through the day. You care that they find happiness not out of any sympathy for them, but so there's finally silence.

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The Taste Of Others Review


Excellent
In The Taste of Others, a wealthy suburban businessman named Castella gets infatuated with a theatrical actress and becomes a frequent visitor of her bohemian circle of friends. The premise might not be very original but the delicious twist of the story is that it is not so much about Castella's pursuit as it is about how different social strata are formed and how they intersect with one another.

Castella (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his wife have to attend a local stage production of Bérénice, in which their daughter plays a small part. They don't care for the theatre and can't understand the verse, but, to Castella's own surprise, he finds himself unusually moved by a leading actress Clara. The charming point here is that Clara isn't a young aspiring theatrical diva but an aging, harried, and often unemployed actress from a small provincial theatre. Castella, however, doesn't see her that way: For him, she brings into his dispassionate routine the whiff of a free-spirited life including cozy, drunken late-night talks and vibrant gallery gatherings. Through happenstance, Castella's new business arrangement requires him to learn English, and Clara (Anne Alvaro) becomes his teacher.

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The Taste Of Others Review


Good

Romantic frustration is the common thread that ties together a piquant assembly of interconnected but quite divergent lives in "The Taste of Others," a deft, distinctive and personal multi-character dramedy from France.

Nominated for nine César Awards and this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar, this simple yet manifold film was co-written and directed by a César favorite, actress-screenwriter Agnés Jaoui, who also plays a pivotal role in the film as a bartender at the pub where all the film's stories converge.

Although it is a balanced and equally penetrating ensemble piece, if "The Taste of Others" has a primary character, it would be Castella (Jean-Pierre Barci, Jaoui's husband), an irritable middle-aged businessman in the manufacturing trade whose business negotiations with an Iranian company have forced several changes into his static life. His insurance company has insisted he hire a bodyguard and he's reluctantly agreed to take English lessons so he can more effectively communicate with his international partners.

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Look at Me (2004) Movie Review

Look at Me (2004) Movie Review

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Look at Me Movie Review

Look at Me Movie Review

Maybe in Europe, whining is looked upon as an art form. Three years ago, the...

The Taste of Others Movie Review

The Taste of Others Movie Review

In The Taste of Others, a wealthy suburban businessman named Castella gets infatuated with a...

The Taste Of Others Movie Review

The Taste Of Others Movie Review

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