Saturday, August 18, 2007


Drama, comedy
In English and French with English subtitles

Adam Goldberg: Jack, an American interior designer
Julie Delpy: Marion, a professional photographer
Marie Pillet: her mother Anna
Albert Delpy: her father Jeannot
Alexia Landeau: her sister Rose

According to the end credits the movie was Directed by, Written by, Principal Female Cast Member played by, Co-produced by, Original Music by, Film Editing by, and Still Photography by Julie Delphy. Obviously someone with great talent but in my opinion when someone has more than one principal role in the making of a movie, it tends to be something less than the sum of its parts.

For example the editing is sometimes choppy and if the Director were not the person doing the editing that probably would not be acceptable. Another example: there are times the dialog seems totally improvised (not necessarily a bad thing mind you) but if the writer and Director were not the same person there would be a rewrite of the script then a reshoot to give it that “polished” look of a full production movie. And of course Delphy’s own performance suffers at times because she is directing herself and does not have that independent assessment of her acting.

Having said that, it’s not a bad movie at all. Playing on the troubles any couple encounters when they have different value systems (such as their relationship with an “ex”) or if family gets involved in their relationship there are lots of poignant moments along with really funny things that act as a countermeasure.

for sexual content, some nudity and language.

This is a real family affair. The supporting cast are Delphy’s real mother, father and sister.

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