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The Duchess Of Langeais Review


Excellent
It's no mystery that men and women do unconscionable things in the name of love, but the way French-new-waver Jacques Rivette plays it in his adaptation of Balzac's Don't Touch the Axe, you would think it was an epidemic.

Titled The Duchess of Langeais, Rivette's Restoration anti-romance takes the structure of a courtship between General Montriveau (Guillaume Depardieu), a celebrated war hero, and Antoinette (the astounding Jeanne Balibar), the titular married coquette, in the early 19th-century. At a ball in the upper echelons of French society, Antoinette becomes intrigued by the stoic Montriveau even before she meets him. Despite his lack of game, the general entices the married duchess with stories of his wartime campaigns. A student of Bonaparte, Montriveau becomes infatuated with Antoinette, who, in turn, begins to strategically toy with her soldier-in-waiting.

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Tous Les Matins Du Monde Review


Extraordinary
All the Mornings of the World (the translated title here) is not about a) mornings or b) the world. It is about music, and many feel it to be one of the better films about that nebulous, ephemeral subject.

Specifically, Mornings is the story of two composers, Sainte Colombe (Jean-Pierre Marielle) and his protege, Marin Marais (played by Gérard Depardieu as an older man and by his son Guillaume Depardieu for the bulk of the film). Sainte Colombe quickly earns a reputation as a master musician -- adding a seventh string to the viol, for example -- but his shunning of the king even more quickly earns him a place in rural exile. As Colobe's wife has died, he's dedicated himself to his hermitage, and more importantly his music.

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A Loving Father Review


Good
Set aside the unlikely story: Gérard Depardieu's Leo wins the Nobel Prize for literature. Decides to drive his motorcycle to Sweden to pick it up. Encounters spiteful and disowned son at a gas station on the way. Son follows dad, dad crashes his motorcycle. Son kidnaps disoriented dad. World thinks dad is dead when they find his wallet on the scene (where, conveniently, another motorcycle has crashed and the rider hasn't survived).

Yeah, that sounds pretty stupid, but Depardieu's a good enough actor to pull most of this off: A mean-spirited story of intra-family backbiting and angst, with the son played by real-life Depardieu junior, Guillaume. Gérard Depardieu proves he's still go the chops to pull off a hateful father role even though he's playing against his own son.

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Pola X Review


Weak
When I left the theater, an angry woman was berating her boyfriend for dragging her to another one of those films, to which I assume she meant a pompous French soap opera. Furthermore, she didn't understand what the title had to do with anything. Seems she didn't read the press release, which the theater was kind enough to dole out. Pola X is a French acronym of the Hermann Melville novel on which this film is based (and shakily updated to modern times): Pierre, Or, the Ambiguities. The X stands for the tenth draft of the screenplay which writer/director Leos Carax completed.

While the title, Pola X, certainly has a nice ring to it, it stands representative of everything Carax's movie is: all flash, pointless trickery, grating snobbery and, ultimately, no more substance than a private joke only one person finds amusing.

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