Two suburban girls set out to conquer Paris in Tout Ce Qui Brille
by Fabien Lemercier
Freshness, rhythm and truthfulness: Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran’s debut feature Tout Ce Qui Brille [+see also:
film profile] (“All that Glitters”), which is being launched today by Pathé Distribution on 295 screens, is this Wednesday’s surprise treat.
This comedy drama stars Leïla Bekhti (A Prophet [+see also:
interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard and Tahar R…
film profile]) and Nakache (Hey Good Looking!), alongside Virginie Ledoyen and Linh-Dan Pham. It traces the misadventures of two girls who dream of the Parisian life glimmering on the other side of the Paris ring road and will do everything to try to break into that world.
"Above all, it’s a story of close friendship between two girls," said Nakache. "They live ten minutes away from Paris, just enough to create frustration. We wanted to show that suburb, without any particular problems: without drugs, gang rapes or burning cars. A suburb that is representative of the majority of suburban towns."
Mimran said: "When you live in the suburbs, you get the feeling you’re missing something and everything happens in Paris (…) If there had to be a message, it would be: in all that glitters, beware of the shiny veneer. However, our intention is neither political, nor militant. It’s a social observation: there have always been people more privileged than others and the less privileged aspire to greater things. But each social sphere has its good and bad sides."
Also hitting theatres are Claire Denis’s White Material [+see also:
film profile], unveiled in competition at Venice (see review - Wild Bunch Distribution on 86 screens); and Richard Berry’s gangster film 22 Bullets [+see also:
film profile] (see news - Europa Corp Distribution on over 500 screens).
The other ten new releases include two more French narrative films: Joël Seria’s Mumu (distributed by Gebeka Films) and In Their Sleep [+see also:
film profile] by Caroline and Eric Du Potet (Albany Films Distribution).
(Translated from French)
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