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Kevin James Dobson
A successful artist, weary of Parisian life and on the verge of divorce, returns to the country to live in his childhood house. He needs someone to make a real vegetable garden again out of the wilderness it has become. The gardener happens to be a former schoolfriend. A warm, fruitful conversation starts between the two men... Written by
This is a nice film. Not too twee. A bit better than bland. It rolls easy-goingly along.
I'm writing this review about a month after watching it. Usually i'll watch films a second time in order to review them but with this i don't feel the need. I got the point the first time round. The point being: middle-aged friendship between blokes is something to be nurtured, treasured.
I reckon Auteuil and Darroussin a pair of safe solid hands didn't have to stretch themselves too far to play these roles. It seemed as easy for them acting it as it is for us watching it. The brotherly bonhomie between the two appeared inherent, generous, unaffected.
Darroussin (The Gardener) gently undermines Auteuil (The Artist) bourgeois values with simple ignorance or better put, peasant commonsense; calls Auteuil "The Dauber". The Gardener hasn't got The Artists wider range of experience, or supposedly higher culture but he knows a thing or two (like always having on your person a pocket knife and some string) The Dauber finds The Gardener's lack of pretension, his salt of the earth, ordinary simplicity, appealing and eventually, even quietly enlightening.
Its feel-good cinema but understated; little feelings are allowed to bubble up subtly, like small ripples on a naturally occurring pond while waiting patiently for that feel-good fish to present himself.
I'll watch it again when i'm in a dozy fishing kind of mood.
Its extremely pleasant. Lol
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