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A decent 80's romantic comedy.
9 August 2007
This French film is quite different from the movies of its era: mostly
French cinema was about comedies (silly or clever, gross or
sophisticated) or drama. "Signes extérieurs de richesses" is one of a
kind: a romantic comedy with (somewhat) social relevance.
Jean-Jacques - nicknamed Gigi - (the always great Claude Brasseur) is a
successful veterinarian. His pet clinic is full of wealthy women, as
well as his bed. So, when the IRS sends an average-looking girl
(Josiane Balasko) to check his fiscal files, he's not really impressed
and even laughs about it, too confident in his accountant Jérôme (the
hilarious Jean-Pierre Marielle) who reveals himself to be a crook. Now,
Gigi is busy with serious money issues, his clients' pets to care
about, and the ugly-but-lovable IRS agent who makes his heart tick...
The characters are really well written, the hero is neither totally an
asshole, nor a truly sympathetic guy. Same with the IRS girl shown
first-hand as a dragon lady, and who reveals herself a shy, fragile
woman seeking love.
Overall, a nice surprise from an otherwise mediocre era for French
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