Among the cognoscenti the Great Crested Vedette doesn't come any greater or more crested than Isabelle Huppert and in this entry she could be said to welcome two previously Lesser Spotted Vedettes in the shape of Vincent Lindon and Fabrice Luchini to the higher echelon. All three are members of our old friend the dysfunctional family with Luchini, fresh out of the slammer, determined to steer his life in a new direction - he was, in his other life, CEO of a large company and his unspecified crime may well have been of the 'white collar' variety, insider trading, stock manipulation etc. Wife, Huppert, and brother, Lindon, react in slightly different ways and at one point it appears that we have a House Of Strangers situation in the making until at a family dinner Louis (Lindon) lobs a mini-bombshell via the revelation of his fathering of an illegitimate child which has the effect of uniting all and sundry. In passing this is the last film to date in which Ann Fontaine appeared as an actress and as she has enhanced French Cinema whilst wearing her Directorial hat I for one am not in a hurry to see her back in front of the camera instead of behind it. This is a fine example of the kind of film that the French do so well and other countries hardly do at all.
Keep It Quiet
Keep It Quiet
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In this low key satirical farce, a CEO is released from prison and rejoins his family, who have a difficult time with his complete change in character, moving from a captain of industry to an eccentric innocent.
December 17, 2021