Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. France/Portugal, 2006. Gemini Films, Clap Filmes, Centre National de la Cinématographie, CinéCinéma, Canal+, Cofinova 2. Screenplay by Christophe Honore. Cinematography by Jean-Louis Vialard. Produced by Paulo Branco. Music by Alex Beaupain. Production Design by Samuel Deshors. Costume Design by Pierre Canitrot. Film Editing by Chantal Hymans.
It’s a glamorous life when you are Louis Garrel, your brother is Romain Duris and your parents are Guy Marchand and Marie-France Pisier, so why is everyone so glum? Duris had abandoned the bustle of the City of Lights for the suburban paradise of marriage, but when it falls apart and he is single again, he goes back to Paris and lives with brother and father, depressed and holed up in his room while his exuberant sibling tries to cheer him up. The action takes place mostly on one single day as Garrel heads into the city centre with plans to meet Duris at a department store’s Christmas window display for old time’s sake; their intentions are thwarted by one constantly running into women with whom he has private trysts, while the other continues to languish in bed. As a tribute to the spontaneity and intentional plotlessness of classic French New Wave it gets all the trappings right, but the characters are not particularly captivating and the charge is never lit.