Cora is a teenager and has a lot of problems (mostly because of the relationship with her parents). One day she meets Katz, a hypnotizer who makes shows in the whole country, and his ...
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Cora is a teenager and has a lot of problems (mostly because of the relationship with her parents). One day she meets Katz, a hypnotizer who makes shows in the whole country, and his assistant Pedro. Then she manages to convince Katz to bring her with him in order to teach her his job. Thus Cora leaves her home without saying any word to her parents and begins a long trip through France with a very tumultuous relationship with Katz and Pedro. Written by
*Warning: this comment may contain a spoiler at the end! (but you'll be informed again before it so you can read the start without worrying!)*
The title means `I want you to sleep!' and they don't have to tell us that because it's more enjoyable if we sleep! This movie is a catastrophe! Never a film has shown a relationship between an adult and a teenage girl so badly as this one. It tries during 1 hour ½ to discuss the problem of a pseudo-paedophilia in a very strange way and it awfully fails. Even if -contrary to me- you didn't like `Lolita' or `Léon' (`the Professional'), believe me: they are better than this! `Dormez je le veux' was certainly too ambitious compare to what it was able to do! The direction, the story, the lighting. every technical or `artistic' detail in the film are closer to a bad French TV-movie than a movie for cinema. (By the way I saw it on TV and I'd never heard of it before when it was supposed to have been released!). It's impersonal and it alternates between a `politically correct' way to tell the story and a too ambitious way to do it. Moreover it's naively stupid sometimes so it becomes a little bit shocking but not for the reasons we could expect at the start. Only some few sequences are a bit more ambitious and daring, e.g. when young actress Céline Milliat-Baumgartner is in the bed with Féodor Atkine or when she appears topless. In fact most of the time there is a lack of daring and when the film dares more it maybe dares too much -mostly if you compare to the rest- and very badly! It's an inconsistent road-movie with different acting skills. Atkine is quite good in his role, Catherine Frot acts very well in a role which is perfect for her (a `disconnected' woman like in `Un Air de Famille'.) but unfortunately she has a little role, François Berléand is also brilliant in the 2 different roles he has (but like Frot he's too absent!) and Jean-Louis Loca is quite bad. The young Céline Milliat-Baumgartner has to improve her acting skills even if she's OK. Her little resemblance to Nathalie Portman is a bit disturbing during one scene: indeed at one moment, Cora (Celine Milliat-Baumgartner) says to the hotel receptionist that she's Katz's (Feodor Atkine) wife! Doesn't it remind you another scene with Nathalie Portman and Jean Reno in a movie called `Léon'? Hem. To finish with let's speak about the only very good scene which allowed me to give a generous 3/10 instead of 1: the end! (*so don't read what's next if you don't want to know the end!*). What a pity that the movie is not all the time as good as the end where Cora tries to put a baby to sleep by hypnotising him (and in English!). Finally some original and interesting thing!
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