Josiane Balasko adapts her own play for the screen. Hugo and Gigi, a
couple of star actors, have been separated for a while, and their
public has started to forget them. A producer tries to get their
careers going again by uniting them in a play, but the aggression
between the two is almost too much for the company to stand.
It's a frail story, but the interplay between Richard Berry and Josiane
Balasko is often delicious. One smokes, the other doesn't, one drinks
to excess, the other doesn't. The rehearsals are made longer and more
tiring by the hostility on stage, which the director--the wonderful
Daniel Prevost--can do little about, try as he may. It was good to see
Richard Berry again; he's a fine actor with a very expressive face who
is seen infrequently on this side of the Atlantic.
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