Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a ...
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Amir Ben Abdelmoumen,
Max von Sydow
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Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a totally unexpected way. The story of a meeting between two unusual castaways who have nothing in common... Written by
This is typically the kind of feel-good movies that only the french can do. I think they're just good at building characters. Most American wanna-be feel-good movies sound fake and formated, besides a few masterpieces such as Forrest Gump.
French movies, with much smaller budgets, manage to create true atmospheres, poetry and character sublimation.
I think Odette Toulemonde (which could rather be translated by "Emily Smith" or "Mrs Anybody") precisely shows these 3 criteria.
And above the love-story stands an intelligent and subtle demonstration of the vacuity of snobism, elitism, and condescension.
In other words being rich and famous may lead you to a love-less life, and money can't buy happiness. It all sounds naive or puerile, but the director's talent, the solid script with lots of poetry and humor, and above all the amazing performances of both lead characters justify the same vote I gave to Amélie.
It's better to live with remorses than regrets, thus be happy and enjoy life !
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