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★★★☆☆Like a sanitised French take on David Cronenberg's superb gynaecologist drama Dead Ringers (1988) but with all the psychosexual undertones stripped away, Miss and the Doctors (2013) isn't afraid to keep its story small. Its sibling doctors - though not twins this time around - do indeed fall for the same woman, but it's a love triangle that never comes to true fruition. The second feature from Parisian Axelle Ropert (her previous being 2009's The Wolberg Family), and starring Cédric Kahn, Laurent Stocker and Louise Bourgoin, this is a quiet but largely successful middle-class drama, as relationships both inside and outside of the brothers' surgery fluidly intermingle beyond their control. »
- CineVue UK
It wasn’t too long ago that we were presented with a drama to come out of France focusing on the relationship between a labouring doctor and an emotionally volatile patient, in Philippe Claudel’s Before the Winter Chill. Now, Axelle Ropert’s sophomore feature film Miss and the Doctors delves into similar territory, and though bearing a somewhat less celebrated cast and crew, is the more accomplished piece; nuanced, less ambiguous – and all the better for it.
Brothers Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Dmitri (Laurent Stocker) are two doctors almost tied at the hip, working together in unison as popular paediatricians. A regular patient of theirs is the young Alice (Paula Denis), who suffers from diabetes – however it’s her mother Judith (Louise Bourgoin) they soon start visiting, as both doctors fall desperately in love with the single parent. While Judith’s affections seem to lie more with Boris over the hapless Dmitri, »
- Stefan Pape
The doctors of Axelle Ropert’s “Miss and the Doctors” are a pair of bachelor physicians who immerse themselves in their family practice at the expense of just about anything else. But that all changes when a radiant single mother tumbles into their lives and stokes their dormant passions. There isn’t much more than that to Ropert’s sophomore directing effort (after 2009’s “The Wolberg Family”), and yet this modest, warmly enveloping film is so rich in recognizably human characters and the lyricism of everyday life that it never seems to be missing anything. A natural for Francophile fests and new-director showcases, this charming sleeper (which opened in France last fall) also merits the attention of discerning offshore arthouse distribs.
Ropert, who is one of the young, independent French filmmakers loosely allied with the actor-director Serge Bozon (and who wrote Bozon’s films “Tip Top” and “La France”), has tremendous gifts of observation, »
- Scott Foundas
Louise Bourgoin as Judith in Miss And The Doctors Miss And The Doctors director Axelle Ropert: "I love films that have goodness, tenderness and a dream-like quality." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Axelle Ropert's arresting Miss And The Doctors (Tirez La Langue, Mademoiselle) stars Louise Bourgoin, Cédric Kahn, and Laurent Stocker of the Comédie Française. The cinematographer is Céline Bozon, the sister of Serge Bozon, who plays Charles and is the director of Tip Top, co-written by Ropert.
During New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Ropert and I discussed costumes of Jacques Demy, the influence of Garry Marshall's Frankie And Johnny, the tenderness of Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino, where some of the depictions by Martin Scorsese and his Wolf Of Wall Street lack nobility, and the street where we live(d).
In the film, the 13th arrondissement of Paris, undeservedly ignored by cinema, is the slightly enchanted »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Director: Bent Hamer
Writer: Bent Hamer
Producer: Bulbul Films’ Bent Hamer
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
A multi-character holiday film, Home For Christmas was the last we saw from Norwegian director Bent Hamer. His latest, which he has also written, sounds like a return to his sharply observed character studies a la 2007′s O’Horton.
Gist: When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale.
Release Date: Affixed with a December 24th release in France, Hamer’s 2007 film, O’Horton, played in Un Certain Regard, and we’re thinking his latest has a possibility of playing there again.
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- Nicholas Bell
5 items from 2014
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