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Fernando E. Solanas
Miguel Ángel Solá,
This documentary tells two stories simultaneously: it's a profile of Bernard Tapie, a wealthy man who rises and falls spectacularly in French society and may be on the rise again; and, it's a look at Marina Zenovich's fascination with Tapie, behaving oddly in spite of her awareness that she's being irrational. Politicians, athletes, friends, companions, and journalists comment on Bernard's charm, his rise to prominence in sports and politics, and his subsequent trouble with the law. Zenovich becomes fixated on her need to interview Tapie, becoming virtually a stalker in her quest. Written by
Interesting man, annoying (as well as narcissistic) woman
One line sticks out to me from the director of the film, "I'm not a stalker!" When I heard her say that, I couldn't help but yell back at her as if she could hear me, "Yes, you are!" Bernard Tapie is, indeed, an excellent subject for a documentary and I find his story fascinating. That is where the line is drawn. If we were to learn this man's story without the added narcissism and obsession from the director, then this would have been a first rate documentary.
I could stand her obsession at the beginning of the documentary when it seemed she was just trying to get a hold of the man by way of the telephone, but when it came to the point where she was shown repeatedly going up to Bernard's home and trying to decide whether or not to press the buzzer--that was way too far.
In fact, at the end of the film when she tells Bernard that she is going back to L.A. and he says "good!"... I have to agree with him. Much more respect to him for not ever giving the interview, at least not to this woman.
Overall... like I said: the half about the man was quality, but add the narcissistic crap with the director and you got a mediocre documentary.
I give it a 5 out of 10.
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