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La Petite Lili Review


Good
Claude Miller isn't the only guy who's drooled over Ludivine Sagnier's nude body, but he's the first to title his movie after her character.

In this adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, Sagnier gets fourth billing, yet the title would indicate she's center stage. Well, in a way, she is. Without her zombified, dazed expression and bimbo haircut, Sagnier provides the sexual energy that makes this story work at all: She's the central cog in a love quadrangle, which involves an aging actress, her old director of a beau, a young upstart director, and of course, Lili. The older couple and the younger couple drift apart because of the old man's wandering eye -- and who can blame him? And Lili sees a career boost in the old man, whereas the young director (Robinson Stévenin) is still working through his experimental -- and awful -- phase of filmmaking.

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Water Drops On Burning Rocks Review


Very Good
Four people are in a room dancing, Charlie's Angels style, fingers pointed like shooting guns and booties shaking. Heads bob up and down in time with the pop and fizz funk of the German record playing in the background.

Styled like a music video, we cut back and forth between all four of them swinging in sync with the rhythm and performing their individual motions with campy grandeur. After three or four minutes of this highly amusing, sexually charged romp and stomp in the living room, the middle aged businessman (obviously the leader of the group) abruptly turns off the record. "All right, that's enough. Everybody to the bedroom!" The women rush offscreen, giggling and squealing.

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A Matter Of Taste Review


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A string of movies emerging from France, including With a Friend Like Harry, The School of Flesh, and The Taste of Others, represent the "new" type of French films that American distributors are looking for. Partially dark comedies, partially thrillers, they get packaged as contemporary French noir. They are also notorious for taking no risks and being barely skin deep with plot and character.

In A Matter of Taste, Frédéric Delamont (Bernard Giraudeau), an industrial tycoon apparently at a peak of his success, is obsessed with two things: food and himself. At a fancy restaurant, he meets a temporary waiter named Nicolas, an irreverent young man with the hands of a pianist and a charming, arrogant smile. To feed his self-indulgence, Frédéric hires Nicolas as a personal food taster. As we soon discover, he is plotting to get the waiter obsessed with the same culinary tastes Frédéric has, and, more importantly, to essentially make Nicolas a living replica of himself. Nicolas, played by Jean-Pierre Lorit, best known for his role as a young law student in Krzysztof Kieslowski's incredible Red, gives his character a touch of unruly enigma, but that is as far as he can go with the role.

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Water Drops On Burning Rocks Review


Weak

Boy did I feel like a dilettante watching "Water Drops on Burning Rocks." A self-satisfied satire of sexual politics based on an unproduced play by a 19-year-old Rainer Werner Fassbinder before he became an artsy-fartsy German film director, it's the kind of exaggerated, elitist Euro-farce that cinema snobs enjoy just because they know the unwashed masses wouldn't.

But while I like to think I can swing both ways on the film snob pendulum, you'll have to count me among the latter group on this picture.

Directed by Francois Ozon ("Sitcom"), this caustic dark comedy about releationships based on sexual power stars Bernard Giraudeau as Leopold, an aging Lothario in the early 1970s who brings home effeminate 19-year-old Franz (Malik Zidi) and seduces him. Leo steals the young man away from his devoted fiancée and the two begin a live-in relationship in which the power is definitely tilted in the older man's favor.

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