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Rome Film Festival Review: Why the Funny and Familiar 'Populaire' Panders to U.S. Audiences

11 November 2012 11:34 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Populaire" is a romantic farce made in France, but it unashamedly has one eye on American audiences. Even the token North American cast member Shaun Benson can't help but comment as the action moves from Paris to New York that it's "America for business and France for love." Back in the nineties, Working Title set the model for European romcoms utilizing American characters or locations in an attempt to ensure traction in the U.S. market. Where previously it was thought that the language barrier would stop other European countries from following suit, the recent success of "The Artist" and "The Intouchables" (both released, as "Populaire" will be in the coming months, by The Weinstein Company) has added garnish to the French appetite to get in on some of the action. The characters even upon occasion jump from speaking French to English. The story, set in 1958, owes much of its »

- Kaleem Aftab

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Predicting the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Line-Up 24 Hours Before It's Revealed

18 April 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Update: The full line-up is now available right here. We are now less than 24 hours away from the official 2012 Cannes Film Festival line-up announcement and I have to admit, my excitement for what may come is hitting overload. As much as the Toronto Film Festival has come to be the place where several films begin their Oscar run, there simply is nothing better than the international cinematic prestige of attending the Cannes Film Festival each year and this will mark my third year attending. With that in mind, late last night I added an additional nine films to the RopeofSilicon database that have the potential of being named during tomorrow's (April 19) announcement, which should come sometime around 2 or 3 Am Pst. After doing so I felt it wouldn't hurt to take one last look at what films have the strongest chance of showing up at the festival this year. »

- Brad Brevet

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