Under the Rainbow: love and archetypes
by Fabien Lemercie
- The sensational return of the subtle duo Agnès Jaoui - Jean-Pierre Bacri. And a welcome surprise with the romantic comedy 20 ans d’écart
An ensemble film, finely chiselled dialogues, variations on the theme of couples and love, a sociological mirror laced with intelligent humour: the creative style of the Agnès Jaoui - Jean-Pierre Bacri duo marked its territory from the start with The Taste of Others in 2000 (3.8 million admissions in France, an Oscar nomination, four Césars including Best Film and Best Screenplay). An immediate success confirmed by Like an Image [+see also:
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Convincing the vast majority of critics, the pair is back with Under the Rainbow [+see also:
film profile], launched today by Memento Films Distribution on 330 screens. The formula is well established: Agnès Jaoui directs, with a screenplay written by the two accomplices, who also feature in the cast, this time alongside Agathe Bonitzer, Arthur Dupont, Didier Sandre and Benjamin Biolay, amongst others. Rewinding the classic conclusion of fairy tales (“They lived happily ever after and had lots of children...”), the Jaoui-Bacri duo confronts the reality of contemporary love with the symbolism of fairy tales. “We wanted to talk about the necessity of faith and its absurdity”, the director declares. “And love, in the end, is credulity shared at its best, the fairy tale that nearly everyone shares on a daily basis.” The princess who awaits Prince Charming, the valorous knight, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, the witch, the ogre: all the archetypes are revisited in these criss-crossing stories, oscillating between jubilatory portraits and caustic irony.
A welcome surprise also on the bill, and a successful 180° about-turn for David Moreau who started his career with horror movies in a duo with Xavier Palud (Ils and the American production The Eye), and who has directed single-handed the romantic comedy 20 ans d’écart [+see also:
film profile], released by EuropaCorp in 415 cinemas. Interpreted by rising star Pierre Niney (nominated for the Césars 2012 and 2013 for Best Male Newcomer in J’aime regarder les filles [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile] and Comme des frères [+see also:
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film profile]), the film recounts the love story between a 38 year-old career-driven woman and a young man in his twenties, which begins as a stratagem conceived by the former to get rid of her severe image and thus get a promotion.
Also arriving on screens this Wednesday, Sababou, l’espoir by Samir Benchikh (distribution by Eurozoom on seven screens), the documentary Outreau, l'autre vérité by Serge Garde (Zelig films on 22 screens) and the German-American coproduction Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [+see also:
film profile] by Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola (Paramount Pictures France on 435 screens). Also worth mentioning, the non-European novelty No by Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Wild Bunch Distribution on 104 screens), a highlight in the Directors' Fortnight 2012, nominated for the Oscar 2013 for Best Foreign Language Film and sold internationally by the French company Funny Balloons.
(Translated from French)
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