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Park Benches (2009)

Bancs publics (Versailles rive droite) (original title)
We follow the everyday lives of Parisians living in the wealthy suburb of Versailles.

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Florence Muller ...
Lucie - la secrétaire
Ridan ...
Le chanteur du métro
Jérôme Paret ...
Un guitariste
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Aimé Mermot
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Romain
Bruno Podalydès ...
Bretelle
Laure Calamy ...
Opportune
Estelle Chailloux ...
La fée du bricolage (vidéo)
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Maurice Begeard
Robin Londinsky ...
Le présentateur vidéo
Patrick Ligardes ...
Paul - le vendeur
Pierre Guinot Déléry ...
Le client mitigeur
Chantal Lauby ...
Pascale
Emeline Bayart ...
Amandine
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Le cadre #1
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We follow the everyday lives of Parisians living in the wealthy suburb of Versailles.

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Don't be misled by the great cast
31 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After having seen the cast and read a preview I was convinced it would be a good movie. Generally this is exactly the type of movie I like. A movie about the interactions of regular people in a neighbourhood. No special plot, just a poetic observation of life in a limited space.

Unfortunately the film was a total disappointment. It felt like a juxtaposition of stories which never allow the audience empathise with the characters.

The most engaging scene was the one in the park with an interesting alternation of the camera between different people. The viewer felt part of the scene as a common bystander sat on a bench, observing each different group, each different scene. The director should have developed this part as the film title lead to believe instead of letting the scene at the hardware store drag on.

In the end I wonder why so many great French actors agreed to collaborate on this film.


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