(out of 5)
While hitting on his office assistant in the front seat of his car by a canal, a financially strapped art gallery owner (Gerard Jugnot, who also directs) sees a homeless man (Gerard Depardieu) throw himself into the water and saves him. Taking the vagrant home, Jugnot is coerced into taking care of the man and watching as he charms Jugnot’s unresponsive wife (Catherine Frot) back to an alert delight for life. This remake of Jean Renoir’s Boudu Saved From Drowning (which was adapted as Down And Out In Beverly Hills in 1986) isn’t stellar despite the exceptional cast; Depardieu has all his charisma on display and Frot steals her every single scene with her magnificent performance, but the story never reaches very far past its second act. One keeps waiting for more to happen and it never does, nor is it particularly charming or emotionally inspiring.
Directed by Gerard Jugnot
Cinematography by Gerard Simon
Music by Edouard Dubois
Production Design by Jean-Louis Poveda
Costume Design by Martine Rapin
Film Editing by Catherine Kelber