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Portraits chinois (1996)

Ada and Lise are both costume designers, the first is around 20, the other around 30. Both are working hard on their break through. There are also jobs for the movies. This is where Lise ... See full summary »

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Ada
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Marie Trintignant ...
Nina
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Paul
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Emma
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Yves
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Guido
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Alphonse (as Miki Manojlovic)
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René Sandre
Sophie Simon ...
Agnès
Emmanuelle Escourrou ...
Stéphanie
Katerina Mechera ...
Emilia (as Katia Mechera)
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Artus de Penguern ...
Gérard
Pierre Baillot ...
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Ada and Lise are both costume designers, the first is around 20, the other around 30. Both are working hard on their break through. There are also jobs for the movies. This is where Lise meets producer Alphonse, who is nearly 20 years older than she. Because he is unhappy with his girlfriend a secret relationship evolves. Ada has problems as well, but she's not the only one. There are also the young Emma and Nina, as well as Yves and Guido - enough people to get into complicated relationship entanglements. Written by Marco Radke <ds@serve.com>

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25 June 1997 (France)  »

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$3,972 (USA) (7 November 1999)

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$16,367 (USA) (10 September 2000)
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Same old generic French melodrama
14 April 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

France has been making the same old films: Group of close friends or people going through ups and downs. That's it. Such as "Le gout des autres", "Les Bronzés", and "Mille Millièmes".

As a Linguist, I found Helena Bonham Carter fairly good in this film. Her french was good but not excellent. There is something about actors that I find pitiful when playing in foreign films or speak a second language; They don't truly speak it fluently and so therefore when playing a role such as Carter's, one can tell that she hasn't truly digested the French language and the consequences are that when one hasn't perfected a certain language, one becomes over the top. One can see that Carter is a bit self-conscious about her linguistic skills and in this case she ends up being theatrical and clownish. I admire and revere her as an actress but stick to english speaking films.

The whole cast does fairly well but it's the plot that doesn't fare well. Marie Trintignant shines and look for Jean Claude Brialy as the fed up fashion designer. If you watch "Robert & Robert" you will see how truly gifted this actor is.


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