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Mercuriales (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 November 2014 (France)
In a Parisian suburb of Bagnolet two receptionists who work in the lobby of the titular high-rise drift from one enigmatic situation to the next going to the pool, visiting a maze-like sex club and hunting for new employment.

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Virgil Vernier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Neborac Ana Neborac ... Lisa
Philippine Stindel Philippine Stindel ... Joane
Jad Solesme Jad Solesme ... Nadia
Annabelle Lengronne ... Zouzou
Sadio Nakaté Sadio Nakaté ... Tony
Damien Bonnard ... Le gardien
Mickael Caeyman Mickael Caeyman
Sarah Loko Sarah Loko
Franck Babot Franck Babot
Isaïe Théodore Korenfeld Isaïe Théodore Korenfeld
Benjamin Klintoe Benjamin Klintoe
Pierre Joab Pierre Joab
Fathi Ibrahim Elnour Fathi Ibrahim Elnour
Moussa Ibrahim Moussa Ibrahim
Maryne Cayon Maryne Cayon ... (as Marine Cayon)
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In a Parisian suburb of Bagnolet two receptionists who work in the lobby of the titular high-rise drift from one enigmatic situation to the next going to the pool, visiting a maze-like sex club and hunting for new employment.

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Drama

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Not Rated

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Good looking, but uneven Parisian drama
2 May 2020 | by ninjaalexsSee all my reviews

Virgil Vernier is best known for his earlier documentary films. This is his first fictional film, but it retains a documentary feel.

As mentioned by other reviewers the story is very loose. It basically involves a group of teenage girls wandering around Parisian suburbs and musing on life.

The film features some fantastical elements mainly the girl telling stories about Moldova. The film felt a bit nihilistic and grim. I suppose comparisons to Larry Clark's Kids aren't unfair, but this is a far less sensational film.

As a word of warning the film features an incredibly graphic sex scene in the Palachi club as well as strobing. This didn't really add anything to the film.

The photography is very impressive and the strongest feature. I wasn't that invested in the characters and I didn't really care about their lives. That's a real shame as the film gets off to a strong start with a young security guard being shown round a generator room of a tower block and it had that anything could happen feel. What we're presented with wasn't anywhere near as impactful as Lilya Forever, a similar film about disenchanted youth in an urban setting or anywhere near as magical as say love letters to Paris: Amelie or Zazie dans la metro. A bit of an uneven mixture, but this is the work of a clearly very talented director who I look forward to seeing more of.


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26 November 2014 (France) See more »

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Mercuriales - Die Töchter des Merkur See more »

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