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Lolita, plump, in her 20s, desperately wants her father's attention. He's egotistical, a famous writer and publisher with an attractive wife little older than Lolita. She's in a choir, rehearsing for a concert; she's given her father a tape, which he's yet to listen to. Sylvia, a voice coach, is willing to help the group, knowing she'll have a chance to get her husband's new novel in front of Lolita's father. For Lolita, this is a pattern: people pay attention to her to gain access to him, something she fears is the intent of Sébastien, a struggling journalist who may become her boyfriend. The night of the concert, the music may bring out everyone's feelings. Written by
Tantum Ergo K142/APP 186D
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A.Mozart))
interprété par Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig (as l'Orchestre de la Radio de Leipzig), Rundfunkchor Leipzig (as le choeur de la Radio de Leipzig)
Soul adirection de Peter Schreier
(P) 1991 Philips
avec l'aimable autorisation de Universal Classics et de Universal Music Projets Spéciaux See more »
An intelligent, witty and comical look at fame and its consequences
20 year-old Lolita (Marilou Berry) aspires to be a singer.
More than this, she desperately wants attention - any attention - from her father Étienne (Jean-Pierre Bacri), a self-absorbed novelist whose neglect of his daughter and rudeness to those around him borders on the cruel.
Overweight and lacking in self-confidence, Marilou isn't helped by her assumption that those who befriend her view her only as a route to her famous and successful father.
This certainly seems true of Lolita's singing teacher Sylvia (Agnès Jaoui), whose husband Pierre (Laurent Grévill) is an aspiring writer himself.
And although Sébastien (Keine Bouhiza), whom Lolita meets by chance, seems genuine in his intentions, Lolita's fragile self-esteem and obsession with her father seem destined to thwart any future they might have.
Emotionally damaged, self-serving or merely flawed, this ensemble of eminently believable characters is superbly played under Agnès Jaoui's fluid direction.
Add in an intelligent and witty screenplay (co-written by Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri) and you have a poignant yet subtly comical film that goes to the heart of the issue of fame and the affect on those in and around its spotlight.
If this were Hollywood, you might expect a sugar-coated resolution to the relationship difficulties portrayed.
Here, the characters remain true to themselves and the integrity of the film.