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Look at Me [DVD] [Canadian]
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In this realistic slice-of-life film from French director Agnes Jaoui, a young woman named Lolita (Marilou Berry) with a powerful singing voice and a pouty disposition strives to be everything she is not--perfect, beautiful, popular, and the object of her father's affections. Her father Etienne (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is a famous book publisher who is miserably self-absorbed, even neglecting Lolita's svelte young step-mom (Virginie Desarnauts). The one person who makes Lolita feel appreciated is her singing teacher, Sylvia (Jaoui), who she admires. So when Lolita learns that Sylvia's husband, Pierre (Laurent Grevill), is a struggling author, she sees a way to use her powerful father to her advantage. By inviting Sylvia and Pierre to meet her dad, Lolita opens up a Pandora's Box of politics and personal entanglements. While Etienne agrees to publish Pierre's next novel--a huge favor that will catapult his career forward--the pressure is on Sylvia to try to make a singing success and a happy girl of the stubborn Lolita.
Portraying the complexity of both positive and negative relationships with a rare honesty, LOOK AT ME is about nothing and everything simultaneously. Viewers peer at this small group of people whose lives intersect for a brief period of weeks, and in the process learn about their personal hang-ups, their relationship problems, and the strange and funny episodes of their day-to-day lives. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable picture with true depth.
- brief language and a sexual reference
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7673DV
Michele Moretti, Michle Moretti, Keine Bouhiza, Marilou Berry, Laurent Grevill, Serge Riaboukine, Virginie Desarnauts, Gregoire Oestermann, Agnes Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri
"[A] witty and acute examination of friendship, ambition and betrayal in the Parisian literary world..."
New York Times
"LOOK AT ME not only displays a formidable gift for creating characters and involving us in their stories, it also has points to make, ideas it wants us to consider about the world and the way it tends to function....A deeply satisfying experience."
Los Angeles Times
"[A] wry and melancholy comedy....[Jaoui's] finely nuanced characters, whirling through success, envy and loss, are a delight to watch."
Sight and Sound
"[A] superb French comic drama..."
"This bonbon spiked with malice is a triumph for Jaoui, who takes witty and wounding measure of the small betrayals that leave bruises on us all."
"[I]t advances its action not by stunning leaps but through intricate moments of domestic discord and heartache."
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "[A]n expertly shaped drama built on the gaps between faade and reality."
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