The French don't always get the balance right in their farcical romantic comedies, but they usually win us over with goofy charm. Alas, the plan never quite comes together this time. A combination of wildly improbable plotting and odd casting choices makes everything feel so contrived that we end up not caring what will happen. Although it's impossible not to smile.
In Paris, Isabelle (Diane Kruger) has finally decided to marry her handsome fellow dentist Pierre (Robert Plagnol). But there's a problem: in her family, the first marriages never work out. So her sister Coco (Alice Pol) concocts a plan that Isabelle will fly to Copenhagen to marry and divorce in an hour, so Pierre becomes the more successful husband No 2. On the flight to Denmark, she meets loutish travel writer Jean-Yves (Dany Boon), and when her plans go awry she follows him to Nairobi, intending to trick him into a quickie wedding there. But of course, nothing goes as planned, and now Isabelle needs to track down Jean-Yves in Moscow to sort out the mess.
It's impossible to believe anything that happens in this film, as Isabelle somehow does all this globe-hopping without arousing Pierre's suspicion or jeopardising their successful dental practice. Even more ridiculous are adventures she has face-to-face with a lion in the Serengeti or drunkenly dancing in a Russian nightclub. But these things might not be a problem if Isabelle and Jean-Yves weren't such a mismatched pair.
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Billy Bob Thornton was among the star arrivals at The Paley Center in New York for Media Presents: 'Fargo' - the new TV series in which he stars based on the film of the same name.
Anyone interested in how movies get made will love this feisty behind-the-scenes documentary, which uses sharp comedy to explore the messy business side of cinema. Both smart and very funny, it may not tell us much that we don't know (mainly that it's almost impossible to get a film financed unless it's a blockbuster with bankable stars), but it reveals things in ways that make us wonder about the future of the movies.
The film follows actor Alec Baldwin and director James Toback as they head to the Cannes Film Festival to secure funding for their planned Iraq-set riff on Last Tango in Paris. They meet with a variety of experts who tell them that their hoped-for budget is three times too high for a movie starring Baldwin and Neve Campbell. So they talk to Chastain, Bejo and Kruger about taking over the lead role. They also consult with a range of prominent filmmakers including Scorsese, Coppola, Polanski and the Last Tango maestro himself, Bertolucci. But the more time they spend with the people who control the money, the more they wonder if their movie will ever get made.
It's fairly clear from the start that Last Tango in Tikrit is a joke project, but everyone takes it seriously. And as they talk to prospective investors, Baldwin and Toback consider adjusting the film to get more cash by, for example, shooting scenes in Russia or China. It's fascinating to hear these billionaires offer advice on how to get their movie made. And hilariously, no one worries about Baldwin's insistence that the story requires explicit sexual scenes.
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'Inglourious Basterds' actress Diane Kruger and her boyfriend 'Dawson's Creek' star Joshua Jackson enjoy a dance at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival during The Violent Femmes' live set. The recently reunited rock band can be heard playing their song 'Kiss Off' from their 1983 self-titled debut album.
While the premise of this sci-fi thriller feels like yet another of Stephenie Meyer's two-boys-one-girl fantasies, a superior writer-director and cast make this is a stronger film than Twilight. The plot may be rather contrived, but the actors bring out some sharp intelligence in the script to make it surprisingly involving.
It's set in a future time after aliens have snatched the bodies of 90 percent of humanity, eliminating hunger, crime and the environmental crisis. But secret pockets of rebels have avoided being possessed by these white mini-jellyfish beings, and are seeking ways to fight back. So when the alien being Wanderer is implanted in the resistance leader Melanie (Ronan), the head Seeker (Kruger) hopes to infiltrate her memories and find out where they're hiding. But Melanie is stronger than anyone thinks, managing to remain conscious alongside Wanderer, winning her to the rebel cause. She heads to the human's secret desert hideout, where Uncle Jeb (Hurt) renames her Wanda and accepts her into the fold. But some humans aren't so sure, and the Seeker is hot on her trail.
It's deep in this maze of rather too-sophisticated caves that the crinkled romance develops, as Melanie is reunited with her boyfriend Jared (Irons), but doesn't want him kissing her when Wanda is in control of her body. Then Wanda falls for Ian (Abel), and their kissing makes Melanie even more furious. Yes, like Twilight, this film seems to think that kissing is the ultimate expression of human connection, giving this film a quirky four-sided love triangle at its centre. Meanwhile, the more thriller-like plotline builds as the Seeker gets ever closer. All of this is played out very seriously, with almost no offhanded humour or humanity, but the emotions are intriguingly resonant.
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Melanie Stryder, once a tenacious and strong young woman, has been infected by an alien parasite from a race known as Souls. Her personality is almost completely overridden by it, turning her into more of a timid and sympathetic person like the Soul itself who is known only as Wanderer. Wanderer and Melanie struggle against each other as the Soul's reluctance to carry out her assigned mission and completely control her host in order to take over the Earth with other members of her race causes her to become somehow half-human. She develops a bond with Melanie, with members of her family and with her friends and resolves to help the few free humans left in taking back their planet.
'The Host' has been adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by the genius behind 'The Twilight Saga' Stephenie Meyer. Directed and written by Andrew Niccol ('The Truman Show', 'Lord of War', 'In Time'), this romantic sci-fi thriller will truly put you in a moral dilemma when it forces you to take sides between two different races - both with desirable qualities and both with dark and selfish undertones. It is set to hit movie theaters everywhere from March 29th 2013.
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Barely recovered from a full-on secret mission to Kosovo, the French Special Forces team (including Hounsou, Menochet, Figlarz and Marius) heads to the mountains of Pakistan, where journalist Elsa (Kruger) and her local assistant (Nebbou) have been kidnapped by wild-eyed fanatic Zaief (Degan). The team is joined on the ground by Tic-Tac (Magimel), and while the rescue goes to plan, Zaief's well-armed militia is relentless (Personnaz's sniper calls them "playful"). And getting out is trickier than these six tough guys expected.
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When Dr. Martin Harris awakes in a hospital in Berlin after an almost fatal car crash which put him in a coma for four days; he finds himself alone, his wife was also in the car with him but she's nowhere to be found. Worried for her safety Harris sets out to find her but when he eventually does, she does not recognise him and a stranger has assumed his identity.
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Troy leaves the talking to its triumvirate of Hollywood royalty - Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, and Peter O'Toole. The dying is left up to the chiseled and marketable studs - Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, and Brad Pitt. Whenever a member of the veteran trio interacts with a member of the other on screen, it creates a mismatch of talent not even a Trojan Horse could overcome.
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