Nouvelle Chance (Oh La La!)


(out of 5)

Anne Fontaine follows two films centring on the adventures of Augustin Dos Santos () with a third delightful comedy. In this one, Augustin’s minor theatrical endeavours are thwarted when he is hired by a company to put on a quintessentially French performance for visiting Swedish businessmen. This is a problem considering he has nothing appropriate in his repertoire for the job, but his new found friendship with an octogenarian former vaudeville star (), whom he meets after a performance at a retirement home, provides him with an opportunity: she puts him in the way of a nineteenth century memoir about a doomed love triangle that he decides will be a perfect fit. Casting Darrieux in the lead, Augustin manages to capture the attention of a popular television star (the ever adorable ) and convince her to take the opposite role, creating a whirlwind of minor comedy delights that occur when the project bends at the winds of actors’ egos. Just the right touch of everything in this Rohmer-esque comedy, ending with the most beautiful of melancholic tones, and featuring a spritely Darrieux, who at 90 is showing no signs of slowing down.

France, 2006

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Screenplay by , Anne Fontaine

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