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2014 | 2011 | 1998

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Film Review: ‘Jacky in the Kingdom of Women’

7 March 2014 7:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Riad Sattouf’s follow-up to teen laffer “The French Kissers” is a gender-bending farce with more than a touch of Monty Python, set in an authoritarian nation where women are in control and men, dressed in burqa-like outfits, are the subservient sex. “Jacky in the Kingdom of Women” riffs on the Cinderella story in amusing ways, hewing to the fairy tale while making audiences question, via absurdist counter-equivalents, patriarchal assumptions of modern life. Over-sensitive Islamists will cry ridicule, yet the Syrian-born Sattouf skewers all sexist and absolutist notions. Better yuks would likely have improved disappointing local B.O. following a late January opening.

Helmer-scripter Sattouf’s background as a comicbook artist — the pic is derived from a story in his series “Pascal Brutal” — comes through in the film’s cartoonish charm and the clear-cut way he handles narrative, conjuring an entire world complete with invented words and phrases. As with the best farces, »

- Jay Weissberg

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