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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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Lise
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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Fanny
Artus de Penguern ...
Gérard
Pierre Baillot ...
Monsieur Verdoux
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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) (5 November 1999)

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$16,367 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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Bad French Melodrama with often unreadable subtitles
10 March 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This plays like a French Woody Allen movie. Even the music is reminiscent of a New York scene. And, of course, they talk and talk and talk and talk and flirt and talk and talk and talk and make love and talk and talk and talk and jerk off at the office and talk and talk...

You get the idea. Heck, you can even hear their inner dialogue and see the fantasies they're picturing in their heads at any given moment. By the first 10 minutes, though, you wish they would just get it over with. I only lasted through about half of the movie, then I just got too bored.

AND, for about a quarter of the movie, all this talking is unintelligible if you don't understand French because the **(@#(*$ white subtitles get lost in the white tablecloth, in the white dresses, etc. But this is just another reason to not bother with this one.


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