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Cherchez Hortense (2012)

A wife pressures her husband to solicit work papers from his civil servant father.

Director:

Pascal Bonitzer

Writers:

Agnès de Sacy (scenario), Pascal Bonitzer (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Damien Hauer
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Iva Delusi
Isabelle Carré ... Aurore
Marin Orcand Tourrès Marin Orcand Tourrès ... Noé Hauer
Claude Rich ... Sébastien Hauer
Arthur Igual Arthur Igual ... Antoine
Jackie Berroyer ... Lobatch
Jérôme Beaujour Jérôme Beaujour ... Campuche
Philippe Duclos ... Henri Hortense
Benoît Jacquot ... Kevadian
Masahiro Kashiwagi Masahiro Kashiwagi ... Satoshi - le serveur japonais
Iliana Lolic ... Véra - la femme de Marco
Francis Leplay ... Marco - le frère d'Iva
Joséphine Derenne Joséphine Derenne ... Blandine Hauer
Agathe Bonitzer Agathe Bonitzer ... Laetitia
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Damien is a professor of Chinese civilization. Just now he has a problem: he has promised Iva, his life companion, to ask his father Sébastien, a state councilor, to intervene in favor of Zorica, an illegal alien. In theory, Sébastien Hauer is influential enough to keep Zorica from being expelled from France but the trouble is that he has always despised his son. As for Damien, he hates his old man. It looks as if Zorica is not on track to stay in the country for much longer... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Language:

French

Release Date:

5 September 2012 (France) See more »

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Looking for Hortense See more »

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Cosy and lazy: routine Parisian film-making
17 September 2012 | by vostfSee all my reviews

You've got the typical subsidised French movie: the writer-director-author puts in some nice bits about his characters and he is pretty content with his flimsy story. Looks like low production specs with a Parisian artsy bourgeois coating. Mid-life crisis & intellectual couple trouble - check. Political/social issue - check. Father-son relationship - check. Male friendship, mmmm.... not so sure. Heterosexual unease in a gay context - check. Hypocrisy and shallowness of the powerful - check.

Quite frankly it is boring to think so many movies are made in France about Parisian intellectuals who have little problems in their lives but who really suffer because they're aware of all the misery outside. The title says it all, and we can guess Pascal Bonitzer was not sidelined when a release titled had to be decided upon. The title means nothing, it doesn't stay, it is most probably a pretentious intellectual guess game.

All in all it is somewhat distressing to see such movies that go nowhere and are plenty happy with it. Cherchez Hortense doesn't go as far as being pretentious author stuff, he never wants to assert a message, that's what makes it nice and very forgettable. And with such a poor title it is a movie that can be forgotten even before you seriously think of seeing it.


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