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A great cast does not necessarily make a good film.
"We are going to Deauville" is a well-calculated comedy about two Parisian couples who share a vacation home in Normandy's mundane sea resort Deauville. The plot mixes practical jokes about the old house (like falling off window shutters and the running gag of non-working electricity) with some frivolous flirts of the protagonist couples and adds some satirical elements that make fun of the typical Parisien on vacation.
The dialogs may have been quite funny in their time, but the script has not aged well. Although some of the topics are really timeless and going on vacation on the French coast has remained pretty much the same since the 1960s, the jokes drop in far too slowly and lamely to make contemporary audiences laugh. Things that may have been risqué and funny then sound definitely dusty and worn these days. Most of the supporting roles are just too clichéd to be really funny.
Louis De Funès has a minor role, but his character does not fully exploit the misanthropic stubborn character he played in later films. I had initially hoped for a lot more Funès-like fun, I was then ready to accept a witty comedy as well, but I was disappointed both ways.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I can imagine how it all started: Someone heard the story of the CIA
officer revealed in the press; the investigative journalist refusing to
disclose her source and rather going to gaol. And that's when this
someone thought: "Wow, this story sounds Hollywood-like. We should make
this into a movie!" But the most sensational stories don't always end
up in good films. In my opinion, the writers here were just too careful
to stick to the real story to find a movie-like plot.
The constellation has everything to deliver an entertaining movie. We might have had a thrilling courtroom drama about doing the right thing under the wrong circumstances (as we have seen in "A Few Good Men"). We might have had a prisoner drama about maturing through hardship yet sticking to one's ideals (like "Shawshank Redemption"). We might have had a journalist-against-the-government piece à la Woodward and Bernstein. We might have had the spook story at the CIA - unheard intelligence under political fire and a communication disaster.
But: Nothing. All we have is this great constellation, the story goes to print, the protagonist goes to gaol, and then nothing really happens any more. The main character endures everyday prison life, her marriage falls to pieces. Some twists from the outside, some hope of seeing her freed and arrested again, a minor contributor to the information revealed, and that's it. No climax, no solution. Just an added explanation at the very end who the source is and why the heroine protects her so stubbornly. What a waste.
5/10 because of the decent acting and the cinematography. The script, however, is just boring for the second half of the film.
Sometimes reality is not suited for entertaining movies.
"Tatort" (= Crime Scene) is one of the most popular detective series on
German TV. Feature length (90 min) episodes air on roughly 30 Sundays
of the year - following the evening news at 8:15 p.m.
The public network ARD that shows "Tatort" is organized federally, i.e. it consists of a dozen regional TV stations. Each regional station have their own police team depicted in their region. So, there is a Berlin team, a Hamburg team, and so on - each have their own episodes under the common label. Larger regional stations like WDR (Cologne) add 3 or 4 episodes each year, smaller ones like tiny Radio Bremen just 1.
The style and setting vary with the teams - that is part of the fun of the series. Episodes from Frankfurt have been rather vanguard in terms of cinematography and storytelling, while the Münster team is famed for their witty dialogues and comic effects.
The regional differences also lead to a competition for audiences and public attention. Viewers tend to choose what team episodes to watch - with consequences for audience ratings and public discussions about the poor scripts or the cheap productions that the Tatorte from some stations have been suffering recently.
The feature length and the producers' ambitions to show not only entertaining crime stories but also to present social issues like child abuse, integration of immigrants, or school violence lead to high public awareness for "Tatort". Episodes are regularly reviewed in quality newspapers like Frankfurter Allgemeine or Süddeutsche Zeitung.