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Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and overweight girl struggles to belt out a tune. When Jean is suddenly fired because of cut backs, he is ashamed and even more desperate to have his daughter succeed. In a chance meeting Jean kidnaps the most famous pop star in the country and holds her hostage demanding to be heard by the music industry. Catching the attention of the media and the eyes of the nation, Jean and Marva realize that the show must go on until everyone is famous. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
I was in a very down mood when I went out, and this film turned me right around! Sweet and silly, (but not cloying or obviously sentimental) this film is very-well built beneath its light profile. I'm very impressed with the many decisions that must have been made to result in a film this subtle, well-balanced and delightful. Plot and characters seemed familiar at first but the film almost immediately distinguished itself with well-observed, small details of character and setting; unexpected and delightfully absurd plot twists; and the excellent, natural performances by all. All the characters had charm and a subtle full-dimensionality that's particularly refreshing these days in comedies... from the central family members --Father, Marva, Mother-- down to even the smallest roles that function like seasoning (like the bartender, and the stone-faced assistant to debbie's manager.) Characters that might have been left as stereotypes in other films (like Willy, Debbie, and her manager) surprised me with more complex -- but still believable -- behavior later in the story. Unobtrusive editing and appropriately bright/naturalistic visual aesthetic and cinematography make for an easy, pleasurable viewing experience that has left me with plenty to replay in my mind. US viewers who haven't traveled in Europe may not "get" the pop-music industry/TV details portrayed, and I'm sure there are cultural in-jokes that I missed, but I was never less than fascinated from start to finish.
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