Devotees of '50s Hollywood comedies could have a great time at Populaire, an intentionally lightweight ode to romance and, uh, typing. But the way to enjoy this French souffle is to concentrate on the scrupulously retro music, costumes and set design, not on the musty fairy-tale script.
<strong>It's a family film:</strong> Xavier Samuel and Robin Wright play one of two intergenerational couples at the center of Anne Fontaine's <em>Adore, </em>a film that dares to ask: "Does it count as a mommy issue if you're sleeping with her lifelong best friend?"
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Naomi Watts and James Frecheville are the other two participants in <em>Adore's </em>love quadrangle, about which we really resisted the urge to write captions involving the words "Lambada" and "the Forbidden Dance."
Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 9:48 am
Overused and much misused, the word "provocative" has become a double-edged sword, especially when it's swung in the direction of independent cinema. At its best, the genuinely provocative film — off the top of my head, anything by Bunuel, Shaun of the Dead, Holy Motors -- shocks in order to expand our vision of the world it encompasses. At its most dispiriting, it's an exercise in cheap thrillage, designed to goose a presumptively stuffy bourgeois audience while positioning a director as some sort of iconoclast.