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Marie Desmoulin
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Jacques 'Lébovitch' Desmoulin
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Solange
Sekkou Sall ...
Ahmed
Florence Thomassin ...
Élisa Desmoulin
Werner Schreyer ...
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Samuel
Philippe Léotard ...
Gitane Smoker
Catherine Rouvel ...
Manina
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Pharmacist's Son
Olivier Saladin ...
Kevin
Bernard Verley ...
Entrepreneur
Reine Bartève ...
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André Julien ...
Grandfather
Gérard Chaillou ...
Claude Chapelier
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Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she blames for her mother's death. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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$112,968 (USA)
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She's so bad
23 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't think Jean Becker is a very interesting director; the two films I have seen--L'Été meurtrier and this one--don't show any great stylistic ability. You remember L'Été for Adjani's performance as an avenging angel, and Vanessa Paradis does the same thing here: she's a one-woman wrecking crew taking on greedy grandparents, the lesbian director of her orphanage, men looking for sex, in fact anybody who gets in her way.

The film stands or falls on the power and charisma of its star, and Vanessa Paradis doesn't disappoint. She is amazingly at ease in front of the camera, as befits a Lancôme model who also started singing at 14. No matter how tawdry the script gets--and that's plenty at times--she sails right through it. She even holds her own with Depardieu, the icon of French film.


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