Ahead of the premiere, Pfeiffer stated at the New York Film Festival press conference that the making of the film ranked in the top five movie-making experiences of her career. See more »
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Quirky indie elevated by Pfeiffer's dynamite performance
French Exit certainly checks a lot of boxes for the quirky indie comedy, and it might be off-putting for some. An older woman in my theater exclaimed to her neighbor next to her that it "was the weirdest movie of the year," while others will probably note it's Wes-Anderson-esque dry humor as familiar to the genre.
I personally loved it, and most of the gags really landed with me, but I can understand that it might not be everyone's cup of tea. The ensemble cast is strong, the locations and cinematography are beautiful, and while the plot is thin, I think it served the material fine.
Michelle Pfeiffer, an actress who has given many performances I enjoy, showcases her best as an eccentric, ornery bankrupted socialite, controlling her son's life and chilling with a cat that has apparently the soul of her late husband.
The ending while ambiguous may be controversial depending on your interpretation. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I think it's a good sign I'm still ruminating on it days after seeing the movie.
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