2 items from 2008
Filed under: Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language, New Releases, Sony Classics, Theatrical Reviews, Festival Reports, Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematical Indie
Paris 36 tries to do a dozen different things, and does none of them well. But even that description may not be harsh enough, because it makes the film sound ambitious. It's not. Director Christophe Barratier, whose The Chorus was a quality rendition of an age-old formula, doesn't even pretend to give much thought to any of the disparate elements he assembles here. This is one of those middlebrow period-piece comedies that mistakes frenzy for energy and spotless soundstage gloss for visual style. It may play well with certain audiences for whom "arthouse" is synonymous with "no explosions," but there's really nothing to see here.
Well, in theory there's a lot to see, including but not limited to the following: a would-be portrait of the French Popular Front in the 1930's »
- Eugene Novikov
The French-language feature chronicles a trio of stage workers in the mid-1930s who decide to stage a show in their recently shuttered dance hall.
The film reunites Barratier with producers Jacques Perrin and Nicolas Mauvernay and stars Gerard Jugnot and Kad Merad, who collaborated on the 2005 best foreign language film Oscar nominee "The Chorus."
"Paris" screens in Toronto on Sept. 6 and will be released by Pathe Distribution on Sept. 24th in France.
Muriel Sauzay and Mike Runagall negotiated the deal for Pathe International. »
- By Gregg Goldstein
2 items from 2008
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