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Look at me

by Ariel (editor), Venice, CA, December 01, 2006


Although I grew up in France, I never liked wine, stinky cheese or cigarettes. To tell you the truth, there isn't much I actually miss from this country, except maybe its culture: French literature is often excellent and some of their movies are also extremely smart.

'Look at me' (original title: 'Comme une image', released in France in 2004) is one of these movies. Written by couple Agnes Jaoui / Jean-Pierre Bacri -- famous in France for their multiple collaborations on plays and movies -- 'Look at me' is a depiction of the social existence of a small group of writers and artists in Paris and their relationships with each other.

Lolita (Marilou Berry, picture) is a twenty year-old short and chubby girl trying to get her father, Etienne Cassart (Jean-Pierre Bacry, picture) to pay attention to her. The latter, a big-shot of the Parisian publishing industry, lives with his young trophy wife, and is too busy with his monstruous ego to pay genuine attention to others. Sylvia (Agnes Jaoui, who also directed the movie), is married to Pierre, a young author having a hard time getting published. She admires Etienne Cassart's work and ends up meeting him through his daughter Lolita who she happens to give singing lessons to.

The acting is outstanding, the dialogue witty and rich with irony, 'Look at me' is a very intelligent movie wisely depicting human behavior and our flaws.
One of the main topics of the movie is the influence of our image in our relationships to others; definitely something to think about in our often shallow city of Los Angeles.

This movie can be rented from Blockbuster or Hollywood Video and is a great alternative to the latest blockbusters if, like me, you disagree with the fact that a naked fat guy wrestling with another naked guy makes for a good movie.

'Look at Me' won the "Best Screenplay" award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

The couple Bacri/Jaoui also cosigned 'The Taste of Others', another excellent movie which won multiple awards including the "César Award for Best Film", the French equivalent of the Academy Awards.
The couple gained fame in 1996 when they cosigned and co-starred in the highly successful "Un air de famille" with Cedric Clapish.

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By Steven Lane on December 01, 2006 at 07:10 pm
Sounds good, I will add it to Net Flix
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By Ariel on December 01, 2006 at 07:36 pm
hehe it was the blockbuster queue for me :)
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By V on December 03, 2006 at 02:26 pm
Adding to Netflix cue too. French cinema is the shit. And the fat guy and skinny guy wrestling has scarred me for life. But I did smile ... or was that grimace?
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By Steven Lane on January 14, 2007 at 02:40 pm
Got it from Netflix, watched last night. It is a delightful film, thanks for the tip.
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