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In a world of hatred and violence, "Oui, mais..." is a relief of humor, wit and tenderness. Emilie Dequenne is terrific. Gérard Jugnot pulls it out in a very difficult role. It has a big "food for thought" side but it's also food for your heart. Check it out !
A fascinating, wonderfully-acted drama about therapy and relationships.
This is the best movie I've seen about any kind of therapy, and I really
love it! Emilie Dequenne, one my favorite actresses, is
I just had a wonderful time watching this film...this is one of my favorite films!
Although the film has been on the cinema in other countries, we are still
waiting for it in Germany. I wonder why, since "Oui, mais..." is such an
elegant revelation of the popular psychologic games making our lives a
hell... and such a beautiful, light, warm and entertaining homage to what
therapy can do.
Particularly when you're an adolescent still having all choices of life to make (partner, profession, lifestyle). It's true, 17-year-old Eglantine has fallen in a cesspool (her mom being depressive and alcoholic, her Dad paying off his love in bills for good marks, her first love having slight difficulties in diffentiating sex from love, and she herself being afraid of leaving the nest). Fortunately for her, Erwann Moenner, therapist, talkative and therefore appearing very human, shows her how she can come out of the s***, have a good shower, understand how she could have fallen in the cesspool and perhaps afterwards, read scholarly books on s***...
I had the privilege to see the film on a francophone TV-channel and was deeply touched. Being able to see it again in a German cinema would be just wonderful.
I love this movie. It is one of the most realistic and ethical depictions of a psychotherapist, and the process of brief therapy, in film; for this reason, it was nominated for an award by the Media Watch Committee of the American Psychological Association. The depictions of the teenagers and their concerns are also realistic, funny, and tender. The film has a beautiful, memorable soundtrack; the photography is equally beautiful. Oui, Mais is a film I show in my Psychological Issues in Film graduate classes, and I look forward to seeing it each time. Anyone who is interested in psychotherapy or adolescents - or anyone who simply wants to see a charming film - should see Oui, Mais.
"Oui, mais..." mirrors the emotion of "American Beauty" but at the same is full of laughs. The film is about a teen that sees a psych to analyze her relationships (with her parents and her boyfriend). The film's two youngest actors, Emilie Dequenne (Eglantine) and Cyrille Thouvenin (Sebastien), really pull you into the story and have great on-screen chemistry. I first saw the film at the Virginia Commonwealth University French Film Festival in Richmond, VA and wanted to purchase it. Being able to buy the DVD or VHS of "Oui, mais..." in the US (instead paying a fortune to have it shipped from France) would be wonderful.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Despite the international success of Les Choristes Gerard Jugnot
remains virtually unknown in England. Of the 92 movies in which he has
acted - 16 of which he wrote and 10 of which he directed - only seven
have been shown in England and in two of them (Le Juge et l'assassin,
Que le fete commence) he was uncredited; in Les Valseuses he had only a
'bit'; Le Clef de la bagnole was full of French actors who appeared
only momentarily; Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo wasn't made in France
which leaves Tandem and Monsieur Klein. Most of his colleagues from
L'equipe du Splendid have similar profiles, i.e. scores of acting
credits (well over 100 in the case of Thierry Lhermitte), plus several
writing and directing credits also but even so the likes of Michel
Blanc (Monsieur Hire), Josiane Balasko(Gazon Maudit) and Christian
Clavier (Les Visiteurs) have still to register as even a modest blip on
the radar of English movie goers.
This is a great pity as all of them have lots to offer and Jugnot is no exception; Oui, Mais is a fine example of simply Jugnot the actor doing a first-rate job as the psychiatrist who helps Emilie Dequenne come to terms with emerging adulthood and deal with problems on several fronts. In an age where psychiatry, in England at least, prefers to deal with mental illness by treating it with drugs to suppress rather than cure - not unlike bandaging a festering wound but applying no ointment; it won't offend passers by but neither will it heal - it's refreshing to find a film where the value of analysis via one-to-one sessions is appreciated. Both Dequenne and Jugnot are excellent and the film is a real gem which would, I am convinced, if given the chance would be well received in England.
Do you go to cinema to think? So do I! Do you go to cinema to be entertained? So do I!.. Well! Here you can reach both of these aims! This first feature of Yves Lavandier (the most respected theoretician of dramaturgy in France - who, I've heard, has written a book called Dramaturgy now translated into Spanish and English) shows that one can be a good screenwriter and a good director. His movie is both entertaining and deep. It talks about first love, parenthood's dependence, needs to grow up alone, but well accompanied... well. In short, how to become a mature grown up, not being totally f***ed up. Interesting & entertaining. Universal & particular. What do you look for in movies? Me? certainly nothing more than that! A nice moment that lasts more in my mind than the time (one hour and a half) that I have been spending in the theater! :)
When I entered the title, I couldn't believe that "Oui, Mais..." hadn't received ten stars. I was recently at a French Film festival where I had the privilege of seeing this masterpiece, and I loved it! It shows therapy in a positive light, as less of a last resort, and rather as a way to prevent problems before they start by seeking within yourself for solutions. It reveals many bad habits of blame and self pity we have, and how they we can unintentionally hurt our relations with others. It also carries a positive message of the ability of an individual to take their lives into their own hands and turn it in their favor. Don't get me wrong, "oui, mais.." isn't just about life lessons. It's an enthralling, beautiful film that is also insightful. In today's commercial hollywood, a film this good and this meaningful is a rare find. The protagonist, Egalantine, is a highschool girl who is at a important point in her life. She faces sexual pressure from her boyfriend, responsibility and guilt from her mother (who is in an unhappy marriage), as well as self-induced stress. The movie is about her quest for balance and meaning in her life as she enters adulthood, and Yves Lavandier does an excellent job! By the end, Egalantine has gained self-esteem, has experienced sex as a beautiful, precious experience, and has washed her hands of her mother's personal problems. It was a very satisfying ending, as the audience felt as if they had been tackling the obstacles with Egalantine. I definitely came out of the movie feeling victorious. Overall, an excellent film! Go see it if you are able! And if any American film people are reading this, please consider bringing "oui, mais..." to the american market. I know my friends will love it just as much as I did!
This movie is really great and was suggested to my by a reference in a
book. I was amazed by the beginning and way it explains you the story.
You have part which are the story that this teenager is living, and
part which are the explanation of the psychologist.
You have different games in it : 1) the psi is speaking to you and gives explanations to you about the games played by the person
2) but he also speaks with his client
3) you have also moment where regarding the option you take the same part of the movie is played again.
Really a pedagogic movie and fantastic examples of different concepts of psychology, people games !
Never in the cinema have we seen a film that renders therapy so well and so deeply. And it does so with lightness and humor. A real "tour-de-force" which should interest the American market. Emilie Dequenne, Gérard Jugnot, Cyrille Thouvenin and Alix de Konopka are excellent, probably due to Yves Lavandier's talent at directing actors. The script is very well structured and clever. A must see ! Clem
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