All the Money in the World (2017)

All the Money in the World
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: David Scarpa
Based on: John Pearson‘s non-fiction book Painfully Rich: the Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty
Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer
Seen on: 1.3.2018
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Plot:
John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), grandson of Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), one of the richest men in the world, is abducted. Despite his wealth, Jean Paul Getty is unwilling to pay the ransom, much to the horror of his daughter-in-law Gail (Michelle Williams), mother of John Paul. Instead he sends his security specialist Fletcher (Mark Wahlberg) to oversee things. But as time is running out for the teenager, both Gail and Fletcher get ever more desperate.

All the Money in the World is based on real-life events that happened before my time and I had never heard of the story. But it really is a horrible and in parts mind-boggling story that the film tells mostly well. Nevertheless, it didn’t win me over completely.

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Populaire [Popular] (2012)

Populaire
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

Plot:
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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L’arnacoeur [Heartbreaker] (2010)

L’arnacoeur is Pascal Chaumeil‘s first feature film, starring Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier, François Damiens and Andrew Lincoln.

Plot:
Alex (Romain Duris) has a successful business, together with his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (François Damiens): he gets hired by people to break couples up, but he only does so when the woman is unhappy – and by seducing her. When he gets hired to break up Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) and her fiancé Jonathan (Andrew Lincoln), he agrees to do it because of financial difficulties, even though Juliette seems perfectly happy. And it just might be that Alex has taken on more than he can handle.

Heartbreaker is shallow and predictable, but also very enjoyable and funny. It knows what it is – which is a sappy RomCom – but more importantly, it likes what it is and it’s well done.

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