Friday, June 15, 2012

TOUT CE QUI BRILLE
(ALL THAT GLITTERS)

Citi-Rustan's French Film Festival
Cinema 1, Shang Cineplex




Best friends Lila and Ely who hail from the working class suburb Puteaux have always been fascinated by the vibrant night life in Paris. The French capital is merely 10 minutes away. They believe it will lead them from their humdrum lives as shopping mall employees to a glamorous world where all their dreams can come true.

As the two convince themselves they belong on the right side of the tracks, their friendship with each other and their relationship with their families grow increasingly strained. They soon are blinded by the trappings of the elitist realm of Paris upper classes. Sadly, they learn the hard way that all that glitters doesn't necessarily mean their lives are going to change for the better.

This film is a charmingly warm portrait of two young ladies whose friendship knows no bounds. It is packed with wit and youthful energy. It is also coupled with a reasonable emotional payoff to create dramatic moments. All of it leading to a touching yet predictable ending.

The heart of the film lies in the chemistry between the two main characters. They are your standard BFFs who do everything together. And while Ely and Lila suffer in their efforts to climb to the top of the social hierarchy, they maintain their own tongue-in-cheek sincerity throughout, and lead lives that are realistically grounded in both material and materialistic needs.

When things do finally blow up between Lily and Ely, you feel for their friendship as you watch each of them struggle without the presence of their best friend. But eventually, you do know that it would have a happy ending given that it has been well established during the entire film that they share a deep bond.

This is good film for teenage girls with touches of fashion and music that seem to be standard fare in modern chick flicks. You get the added benefit of seeing scenic Parisian locales, but the storyline is quite predictable!

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