La prunelle de mes yeux [The Apple of My Eye] (2016)

La prunelle de mes yeux
Director: Axelle Ropert
Writer: Axelle Ropert
Cast: Mélanie Bernier, Bastien Bouillon, Antonin Fresson, Chloé Astor, Swann Arlaud, Laurent Mothe
Part of: Scope100
Seen on: 17.12.2016

When Théo (Bastien Bouillon) meets Élise (Mélanie Bernier) in the elevator of his new apartment building, he doesn’t realize that she’s blind and thinks she’s absolutely ignoring him. They take an immediate dislike to each other. Théo wants to teach Élise a lesson, so he pretends to have gone blind himself and asks for her help to find his way in this to him new world – to which Élise agrees. And maybe they’ll find out that they like each other after all.

La prunelle de mes yeux is one of the worst, most offensive films I have ever seen. It is an ableist, sexist pile of shit that should never have been made. Had I seen it at the cinema instead of at home where I could let my frustration out, I would have walked out of the film.

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Populaire [Popular] (2012)

Director: Régis Roinsard
Writer: Régis Roinsard, Daniel Presley, Romain Compingt
Cast: Déborah François, Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Mélanie Bernier, Nicolas Bedos, Miou-Miou

Rose (Déborah François) dreams of living the village she grew up in and becoming a secretary. When she applies for a job with Louis (Romain Duris), he is impressed by her ability to type quickly, despite using only two fingers. But it turns out that she’s pretty unsuited to work as a secretary otherwise. So Louis decides to train her for the typewriting championship. Having nowhere else to go, Rose moves in with him and they set to work.

Populaire gleefully traipses through pretty much every cliché the 50s have to offer in a strange mix of reverence and irony. It’s sweet and fun, but not awesomely great.


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La délicatesse [Delicacy] (2011)

La délicatesse
Director: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos
Writer: David Foenkinos
Based on: David Foenkinos’ novel
Cast: Audrey Tautou, François DamiensPio Marmaï, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier

Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and François (Pio Marmaï) are the perfect couple and extremely happy with each other. But then François dies in an accident and Nathalie is completely lost. She throws herself into work, where she quickly rises to a management position. Three years later she is still mourning François, when she kisses her co-worker Markus (François Damiens) out of a reverie one day. But what started as absent-mindedness on Nathalie’s part, inspires Markus to openly court her and trying to gain her affection.

La délicatesse could have been extremely nice but since the script failed to give any of the characters actual personalities (the only one who actually does have a personality dies in the first 20 minutes), it gets stuck in mediocrity. And then the ending pushes it all the way to ridiculous.

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