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Peter Berrett
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 602
From: Victoria, Australia
Registered: Nov 2000

 - posted 12-14-2000 07:02 AM      Profile for Peter Berrett   Author's Homepage   Email Peter Berrett   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

Fuzzy Rodent's Film Review

I saw this film a couple of months ago and it is probably past its cinema run however it is worth mentioning.

This french film appears to be an adaption of a stage play and as such relies soley on it's script for laughs. There are few visual gags.

I presume it must have been a very cheap film to make as it is basically all set in one apartment. Despite the fact that the majority of the film is simply dialogue between the two main characters an outstanding script full of numerous twists and turns makes this a memorable and worthwhile film to see. The actors who deliver the script are excellent and very believable. The version I saw was subtitled (the author of this post hates dubbed movies with a vengeance) and I saw it on video.

I found the basic premise of a self-centred person who along with friends each invite and 'idiot' to dinner so as they compete to see who invited the biggest idiot as an imaginative premise although surprisingly the dinner itself is never attended by the main characters during the movie.

As funny as 'La Cage Aux Folles' but a more professionally presented film than LCAF.

Verdict (out of 5 stars) **** 1/2 (must see)

cheers Peter

PS I expect a Hollywood remake will not be far away...

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Phil Connolly
Film Handler

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From: Derby, England
Registered: May 2000

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I saw this about 8 months ago in the cinema, with English subtitles. Can't remeber if it was Scope of flat.

I enjoyed it, the character development was excellent with some very good diologue.

I did seem very much like a filmed play, no much in the way of exciting cinematography.

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Scott Norwood
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From: Boston, MA. USA (1774.21 miles northeast of Dallas)
Registered: Jun 99

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This was released over a year ago in the US and did pretty good business. The reviews were good. I liked the film, but it wasn't as good as the reviews.

I agree with the comment that it was more like a "filmed play" than anything that uses film in its greatest capacity. On the other hand, "filmed plays" _can_ have really good cinematography; think of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," which was beautifully shot by Haskell Wexler.

Still, it was fun and worth seeing.

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