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Fashion Designer Agnes B's My Name Is Hmmm… Looks Great But Doesn't Hold Together

27 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

There's a tension between directness and obfuscation in My Name is Hmmm..., with first-time director Agnès Troublé (better known as the fashion designer agnès b.) wavering between the approaches of Breillat and Godard. Troublé and cinematographer Jean-Philippe Bouyer envision working-class desperation with raw imagery stripped of beauty or hope, while peppering the film with fanciful visuals (superimposed images, shifting aspect ratios and color schemes). In a more cohesive film, this might reflect the perspective of eleven-year-old Céline (Lou-Lélia Demerliac), who's being sexually abused by her father and seeks escape. But here it's a hodgepodge of artistic gestures grafted onto a traditional narrative, neither fully linear nor »

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