The things that you own....
22 March 2017
....end up owning you .
That's what the "fisherman's three wishes" fairy tale a mischievous
Pierre Arditi tells Marjoline showed a long time ago.
End of WW2 .The "Trente Glorieuses" (the thirty -year boom period after
WW2) have begun ;people had a new appetite for a better live :radio
commercials (the song about the Finet heat-giving ,performed à la
Charles Trénet,is priceless ),catalogs full of technological wonders
,and the opportunity to buy on credit ..
Marjoline married just after the war ;whilst the husband finds his
pleasure in scientific research ,the wife wants "something new" .The
movie takes time to take off,but when Daniel takes his beloved one to
the old family house where he intends to end his days (he 's hardly
thirty!),she reacts as Madame Bovary would have done 75 years
before:she wants a comfortable apartment ,with all modern
conveniences.The passion -not very credible ,in spite of a love scene
with nudity -and a pipe-,has metamorphosed into indifference :the boy
kissing his wife whilst she's flipping through a catalog ,much more
interested in the things .In the apartment ,actually a rabbit hutch
,which faces another residential block "the windows of which mirror
your happiness",the (real) estate agent says ,with a beatific smile.
This is also a good depiction of those years when France lifts up its
head ;we can hear several optimistic messages on the radio, although
the news Pierre Arditi reads on his newspaper talk about the
instability of the government ;the Corean war is looming on the
horizon;and a line hints to the cropped women of the Liberation.The
score,very tasteful,enhances the accordion .
On the minus side ,the two principals ,particularly Lea Seydoux,do not
really win me over,and it's the supporting cast who walks away with the
honors: the always reliable Pierre Arditi who gets better with the time
,like good wine.Ditto for the actresses:a sensational Arielle Dombasle
blows sulky Seydoux off the screen every time she appears;and the
marvelous Ariane Ascaride ,as a doctor ahead of her time ,makes her one
scene count .
Based on an Elsa Triolet novel,"Roses A Crédit" (=roses on time) ,in
spite of a disappointing ending ,is an interesting depiction of the
beginning of the consumer society which ,more than ever,is still ours
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