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A movie about a wacky French woman (she swims topless!) Needed:More Steve Buscemi
Alan Jacobs (email@example.com) from United States
5 December 2001
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
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
scenes were shot. Turns out, it was shot in Providence and other places
It's about an Frenchwoman, Beatrice (Irene Jacob, no relation) who is
by her American lover, kidnaps (or adopts) a small Cambodian child,
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
So he burns all her pictures, and burns down the building while Beatrice
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
out that the house is no longer there.
Claude feels sorry for Beatrice and the kid, and has them come to live
him and his parents in a large seaside house. Then Beatrice becomes
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
but he's really only there for marquee value.
As for this movie: not worth your time or money.
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