Thursday, June 16, 2011


16th French Film Festival
Cinema 4, Shang Cineplex

This coming of age tale focuses on Lulu, a 15 year old girl who has a quest. She is deeply intrigued by her mother Juliette's lack of joie de vivre. You see the thing is there are frequently certain moments when Juliette reverts to a dream like state and gets lost in her own world with a sad expression on her face. She has also hardly smiled ever since Lulu was born.

Give a young lady something to yearn for and be sure she would be quite enterprising. Lulu finds old photos and a home made video tape of her mother in her younger years seemingly quite vibrant and head over heels in love with a man named Jacques.

But Jacques is not Lulu's father! He was an old flame who made Juliette quite a happy go lucky, free spirited young lady beaming with contentment while on the throes of adulthood. Ergo, Lulu needs to find him so that her mother can smile again.

This light comedy/drama is filled with modern day scenes set in a small French town. It is also mixed with surreal moments like actress Jane Birkin appearing as herself and giving guidance and sound advice to Lulu. It is also peppered with happy and morose songs by the British born French actress who is quite a celeb in her own right even though her raspy voice is more like a whisper that you can barely make out what she is singing about.

Technically, the film certainly has a light and breezy tone with flashbacks and 'fantasy' scenes all lopped up together. But beneath this fancy free light comedy, a poignant love story emerges. A daughter's love for her beloved albeit bizarre mother as well as the rekindling of a lost love that brings about much of the awww moments in the film.

It is pretty much a pleasant little film with nary any thought provoking intrigue to muddle one's mind.

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