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Look at Me (2004)

Comme une image (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 May 2005 (USA)
A french girl gifted with a great voice, has a complex about her weight and her appearance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lolita Cassard
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Sylvia Millet
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Étienne Cassard
Laurent Grévill ...
Pierre Millet
Virginie Desarnauts ...
Karine Cassard
Keine Bouhiza ...
Sébastien
Grégoire Oestermann ...
Vincent
Serge Riaboukine ...
Félix
Michèle Moretti ...
Édith
Jean-Pierre Lazzerini ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Jacques Boko ...
Le videur
Yves Verhoeven ...
Le badaud 1
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Le badaud 2
Bob Zaremba ...
Le type qu'on voit partout
Roberte Kiehl ...
La pianiste du conservatoire
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and a sexual reference | See all certifications »
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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,170,944 (France) (24 September 2004)

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$1,736,499 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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Trivia

This film contains a clip from Blood on the Moon (1948). See more »

Quotes

Étienne Cassard: There's cyanide in the bathroom.
Sébastien: Why do you say that?
Étienne Cassard: Just to cut the tension.
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Connections

Features Blood on the Moon (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

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
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What price glory?
19 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

COMME UNE IMAGE (LOOK AT ME) is a tough little film that practically defies the viewer to love it. Rated as a comedy, it has few chuckles of the usual kind, but the smart tidy script delivers more of the Reformation-type comedy - wit with a bite. Writer/director and star Agnès Jaoui (her co-author is her ex-husband Jean-Pierre Bacri who also stars) is obviously an intelligent, observant, caustic chronicler of contemporary French society who dotes on celebrities at the expense of their own self-respect. Not a single character in this film is likable, but each one is fascinatingly interesting and a bit warped. Their interaction provides the venom that in Jaoui's hands raises the bar on the range of comedy.

Étienne Cassard (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is a famous writer whose latest novel has been 'transformed' into a schmaltzy film about which he is loathsomely embarrassed. He is caustic, acerbic, and emotionally negligent of both his grown obese daughter Lolita (Marilou Berry), who devotes her resentful life in an attempt to being a famous concert singer, and to his new wife Karine (Virginie Desarnauts) and little daughter. Lolita's music coach is Sylvia (Agnès Jaoui) whose demands on her students reflect her frustrated life being married to an unknown author Pierre (Laurent Grévill). Odd paths cross and it is through Lolita's influence as the daughter of a famous writer Étienne that Sylvia arranges for Pierre to join forces with Étienne and gain acceptance and popularity, but the consequences include Sylvia's increased tutelage for Lolita and her group of fellow madrigal singers.

Lolita comes the closest to being a character about whom we care. She is distraught about her weight, her distant father, her stepmother and stepsister, her inability to gain the affection for the boy of her dreams, her struggle to become a significant performer - all of which prevents her from recognizing the man who could salvage it all - Sébastien (Keine Bouhiza) who literally falls at her feet! All of these characters interact in complex and at times trying ways, ever cognizant of the 'authority of celebrity' and the results of these engagements form the body of the film. The acting is on a high level, the dialogue is crisp and smart, and the musical background for this mélange is a gorgeous mixture of classical music ranging from Buxtehude through Schubert ('An die Musik' plays a big role!) and many others. This 'comedy' is more intellectual than entertaining, but if wit and elegance of acting brings you joy, then this is a film to see. In French with subtitles at a long 2 hours! Grady Harp


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