All About Them delights the critics
by Fabien Lemercier
- Jérôme Bonnell’s trio of lovers has proved irresistible, while Paris of the North, Macondo and Waste Land are also hitting screens
A romantic comedy tinged with a hint of melancholy, and a sensitive portrait of an indecisive generation, the Franco-Belgian co-production All About Them [+see also:
film profile] by Jérôme Bonnell (read the article), released today across 144 screens by Wild Bunch Distribution, is unquestionably the critics’ favourite title among the new releases this Wednesday, with some reviewers even going so far as to say it oozes the spirit of François Truffaut and Jean Renoir. This almost universal enthusiasm has been generated by the sheer freshness and undeniable charm of this very well-acted film (thanks to Anaïs Demoustier, Félix Moati and Sophie Verbeeck), which revolves around an unusual love triangle (Charlotte is cheating on Micha with Mélodie. Not suspecting anything, Micha is also cheating on Charlotte with Mélodie, who finds herself falling in love with them both and becomes an accessory to each one’s lies).
“I’m not interested in adopting a moral standpoint on the story. I couldn’t give a damn about good and evil – especially in a film about lying in a romantic relationship,” explains Jérôme Bonnell. “All About Them draws just as much on vaudeville (the misunderstandings and the slamming of doors) as it does on Marivaux, where the ambiguous nature of the truth of the characters’ feelings reigns. I wanted the viewer to feel that these three people are at a transition point, on the verge of a future life that is a lot more mature, more robust, more practical. With older characters, infidelity and lying have apparently taken on a much less innocent guise. Mélodie lies the whole time, but she is constantly the victim of these lies. She’s in deep. She is never perverse; only the situation is.”
This Wednesday also sees a raft of other top-notch films hitting screens, such as Paris of the North [+see also:
film profile] by Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson (read the review – Arizona Films Distribution in eight theatres), Macondo [+see also:
interview: Sudabeh Mortezai
film profile] by Austria’s Sudabeh Mortezai (a feature film launched in competition last year at Berlin, which won the Cineuropa Prize at Lecce – read the review and watch the interview – Memento Films Distribution in 68 cinemas), the noir thriller Waste Land [+see also:
interview: Pieter Van Hees
film profile] by Belgian filmmaker Pieter Van Hees (starring Jérémie Renier in the lead – revealed at Toronto, winner of the Cineuropa Prize at Les Arcs – read the review and the interview – Chrysalis Films across four screens), the Franco-Italian co-production La sapienza [+see also:
film profile] by Eugène Green (unveiled in competition at Locarno, starring Fabrizio Rongione – read the review – Bodega Films in 12 theatres) and Voyage en Chine [+see also:
film profile] by Zoltan Mayer, starring Yolande Moreau in the lead (read the article – Haut et Court in 94 cinemas).
Also of note are the releases of Enfances nomades by Christophe Boula (Borélia Films), and the documentaries Un amour by Richard Copans (Shellac) and 300 hommes by Aline Dalbis and Emmanuel Gras (Sophie Dulac Distribution).
(Translated from French)
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