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Advertised as being a trash version of Francois Ozon's much better 2002 film 8 Women, this comedy suffers mainly from lack of direction. Both films feature spontaneous musical outbursts from the actresses but unlike 8 Women, which basically is a whodunit, Filles perdues cheveux gras is only an average girl movie promoting friendship in troubled times. Those three twenty something women have a hard time falling in love, keeping a baby or staying sober, but together they will see the light... And light it sure is, but the comedy is kind of lost through a narrative which tends to spend too much time with one particular character (the young mother) thus bringing a certain boredom to the whole film. Only the set decoration and the visuals are sometime effective as they seem to modernize (or just copy) old Jacques Demy movies such as Les parapluies de Cherbourg or Les Demoiselles de Rochefort both much better movies.
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We do not know where to classify this attempt by director Claude Duty
to present a story with songs about three women whose lives interact
with one another. All women are facing difficult times, so coming
together seem to be the solution, but alas, it is not until the last
five minutes of its running time that the women find strength in each
Elodie is a rebel in a situation with no future. To make matters worse, she loses her job at a supermarket where she had been stirring a paella, which will be sampled by the shoppers. Natasha, a hairdresser, has a problem with alcohol and has an apartment full of cats figurines. Marianne, who works in an art gallery finds it impossible to continue her relationship with Arnaud the Lothario that wants to bed all the women he meets.
It is a disjointed narrative, to say the least. The lyrics of some of the songs have lines like "when you feel pain think of the Kurds and the Chechens". The three actresses do what they can in a film that does not go anywhere. Amira Casar, Marina Fois and Olivia Bonamy are seen as Maryanne, Natasha and Elodie. Charles Berling and Sergi Lopez are the men in their lives.
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