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Look At Me [DVD]

Marilou Berry , Agnès Jaoui , Agnès Jaoui    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marilou Berry, Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Laurent Greville, Virginie Desarnauts
  • Directors: Agnès Jaoui
  • Producers: Jean-Philippe Andraca, Christian Berard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006ZXN2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,438 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Coming-of-age comedy drama by French director Agnès Jaoui ('Le Gout des Autres'). Lolita (Marilou Berry) is the 20-year-old daughter of eminent writer and editor Etienne Cassard (Jean-Pierre Bacri). Suffering from low self-esteem and a weight problem, Lolita has spent her life very much in the shadow of her brilliant father - and has always doubted whether people actually want to know her, or simply get close to him by association. As she struggles to assert herself as an adult and find her path in life - taking singing lessons with voice coach Sylvia (played by the director, Jaoui) and becoming involved with a young man called Sebastien (Kéine Bouhiza), she comes to realise that the principal thing she must come to terms with is the lack of attention she has always had from her father.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems and is 19 Jun 2009
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Trust the French to get under the skin of appearances,at which they are so good.The husband and wife(Jeanne-pierre and Agnes Bactri) both write,act in and (she)direct this film set in the bourgoise artistic milieu centred on Lolita,a desperately unhappy girl.Lolita is worried about being overweight and unattractive,despite her singing talent.Her low self esteem comes from her self-centred father,an egotistical but successful writer(Eteienne). Lolita feels people want to get to know her for the wrong reasons,especially when they find out who her father is. Lolita's singing teacher,Sylvia is an important character and she is unhappy herself.Her husband is an aspiring writer too.These two groups find an intersection in Lolita as the two writers connect which leads to success and publishing offers.The unfolding nature of many relationships reaches subtlety through the way it is so easy to misinterpret the intentions of others or the way they respond to the wrong aspects,also the way we exploit other people for our own ends.Image(comme une image)vs reality done with such great humour.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What do we value in people? 3 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
The French seem to have the knack of making good films about human relationships and motives which the Anglo-Saxons don't quite match. Here the central character is an overweight young woman who is the daughter of a famous writer. From her radiate three threads - there is her friend, Sebastien (he has changed his name from a Muslim one: it helps him to get on better, he says); then there is Sylvia (Agnès Jaqui - who also directs and co-wrote the screen play) who is teaching Lolita to sing. She is married to a talented but whinging writer, Pierre, who has been well reviewed but not been taken up by the large bookshops as yet. Some of the scenes between these two could have been taken straight out of Till Death do us Part with younger actors. Finally, Lolita's father, Étienne Cassard played by the famous French actor, Jean-Pierre Bacri. He divorced Lolita's mother years ago and is married to a beautiful and kindly younger woman, Karine.

Lolita is attending singing lessons with Sylvia and we first see Lolita's problems resulting from her lack of self-esteem. She sees herself as ugly because of her obesity (in fact, she is quite pretty). This leads her to reject friendly approaches from people and her views, in her eyes, are confirmed. However, there is truth in what she thinks. Sylvia, when she learns that Lolita's father is the famous writer, someone Sylvia much admires, agrees to do a teaching session about which she was previously doubtful. Sebastien later appears to hang around because Cassard offers to help him with employment.

Lolita (the name is surely a sardonic joke by the writers) tells Sebastien that she is a 'zero'. No one likes her for herself, no one loves her though that is not really correct.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art and the maintenance of image 4 Aug 2005
Format:DVD
There is an essential self-reflexive theme running through this film: art may enrich society, but does it enrich the artist? Literary fiction may aspire to an understanding of the human condition, but does the novelist really understand people? Comparisons have been made between director Agnes Jaoui and Woody Allen, and you can see some parallels in the level of philosophical, aesthetic, and sociological enquiry which underpins the action.
Crucially, however, you are often left wondering who is the star of the film. Lolita is a pretty (or plain) young woman who is conscious that she is overweight and who is struggling to build a career as a singer. Her father is a successful novelist who seems to have devoted most of his life to ignoring her. Lolita (and there's an obvious pun in the name), craves his attention, his respect, his love. She wants to be noticed. But she is noticed only when people identify her as the daughter of the great man.
"Look at Me" ('Comme une Image' - like a picture, like an image), however, finds its narrative dynamism in the tale of two novelists - the one famous but racked by an inability to find further inspiration, the other initially struggling then catapulted into the limelight through his wife's use of Lolita's influence. Neither appears able to understand the people around him. Or are they just blinded by success, so blinded they become self-obsessed and unable to see beyond than their own fame, their own image?
Lolita's father devotes more attention to his phone than he does to her. She becomes an artefact, a series of events in his life to be patronised from time to time. He can see the talent in another writer, but is unaware that his own daughter might have talent of her own.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 15 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
It is a real gem of a movie. Agnes Jaoui has been already called a "French Woody Allen" after creating two movies with her partner and actor, Bacri. I have only very good things to say about "Look at me", from direction, brilliant script to acting and great music (mostly classical). I think the storyline and dialogues are multilayered and intelligent, though do not expect witty one-liners and many laughs like in Woody's lighter movies. It is a bit "Allenesque" a movie, but much more somber than his comedies while less grave than his dramas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good.
Published 3 months ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars This Be The Verse
A sad French film based on the lives of intellectuals (so you can immediately tell it must be French). Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by Charles Vasey
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this?? Bad French TV?
After half an hour of waiting for something interesting to happen, I decided I had more stimulating things to do with my life. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by brian
5.0 out of 5 stars look at me
Interesting, clever and entertaining. Great for both French and non French speakers. Beautifully acted and involving. One to keep.
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Consumer A
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated film making
I agree totally with the comment about Agnes Jaoui being some sort of national treasure in France. Her "Les goutes des autres" is a masterpiece of film making and this effort... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2010 by Ian Thumwood
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious film with music attached!
Agnes Jaoui must by now be regarded as a Cultural Treasure in France. She deserves it. Her work for the screen is sharp, witty, beautifully observed and flawlessly acted. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Green Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars A film which repays many viewings
A wonderful film in so many ways as indicated by the other reviewers, I think Comme une Image (a title which can be read at so many levels) is deceptively profound in the way that,... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2008 by Mr. T. McFadyen
4.0 out of 5 stars Games people play
This film is serious and funny at the same time. It observes very well the games people play with each other, based on their own desires and unfulfilled dreams. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2006 by Nish Pfister
2.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive, but charmless
LOOK AT ME would be an excellent instructional film for a class in family counseling. As an entertainment vehicle, it's a non-starter. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2005 by Joseph Haschka
4.0 out of 5 stars Art and the maintenance of image
There is an essential self-reflexive theme running through this film: art may enrich society, but does it enrich the artist? Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2005 by Budge Burgess
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