A hapless, bad-luck prone loser meets a free-spirited Frenchwoman who inspires him to get his life back on track.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Evan Jacobs ...
Claude Dewey
Beatrice de Lucio
Charlotte Moore ...
Mrs. Dewey
Pat McNamara ...
Al Dewey
Daddy V.J.
Nady Meas ...
Soap Sak
Katherine Hiler ...
Andrei Belgrader ...
Ralph Buckley ...
Darryl Brown ...
Stephen Pearlman ...
Mr. Gold
Maggie Burke ...
Mrs. Gold
Samuel Wright ...
Dr. White
Cop #1 (as Chris Wilder)


Claude (Mark Evan Jacobs) is a hapless blue-collared loser living in Providence, Rhode Island whose life changes for the worse when he is unfairly fired from his job, his girlfriend cheats on him, and his apartment burns down resulting in him falsely arrested for arson. His life take a turn for the positive when he meets and befriends Beatrice (Irène Jacob) an emigrant French woman who cares for a young Cambodian orphan girl. Beatrice moves in with Claude and his dysfunctional family where she persuades him to get his life back on track while both of them slowly fall in love with each other. Written by Larry B.

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29 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Trusting Beatrice  »

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A movie about a wacky French woman (she swims topless!) Needed:More Steve Buscemi
5 December 2001 | by (Greenwich Village, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

I am not big on movies about crazy Frenchwomen.

But I did a search for "Steve Buscemi" in the New York Public Library on-line catalog, and this was the only movie "starring" Steve Buscemi that I had never heard of. And it seemed like an off-kilter comedy, so I decided to try it.

The movie is quite a mess. First of all, it takes place nowhere in particular, but in America, so I'm constantly trying to figure out where the scenes were shot. Turns out, it was shot in Providence and other places in Rhode Island.

It's about an Frenchwoman, Beatrice (Irene Jacob, no relation) who is dumped by her American lover, kidnaps (or adopts) a small Cambodian child, wanders around Providence, and finds an apartment. She speaks English in this movie, and is completely impossible to understand. This movie begs for closed-captioning or subtitles, but neither exist on the videotape that I used. So you are constantly saying "what?" and going back to figure out what you missed, although it's never anything of interest.

Anyway, a man named Claude (by which this title is listed in IMDB, and who is portrayed by Mark Evan Jacobs (no relation)), already lives in the building, and is breaking up with his girlfriend because she fooled around. So he burns all her pictures, and burns down the building while Beatrice and the Cambodian child are out shopping. Claude goes back to the scene, and lies down on a burnt mattress in agony. Along comes Beatrice, first finding out that the house is no longer there.

Claude feels sorry for Beatrice and the kid, and has them come to live with him and his parents in a large seaside house. Then Beatrice becomes really wacky (swimming topless, having orgasms over Mom's pancakes). And Claude becomes sane: he becomes a successful landscaper.

The two start appreciating each other, etc. etc. etc., and you can figure out what happens.

What about Steve Buscemi? He has a bit part as Claude's lawyer and friend, but he's really only there for marquee value.

As for this movie: not worth your time or money.

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