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God Is Great [DVD]
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Off-beat French comedy starring Audrey Tautou. Michele is depressed after splitting up with her boyfriend. Desperately looking for love, she meets Francois (Edouard Baer), who just happens to be Jewish and a vegetarian. In order to be together, Michele decides to convert to Judaism.
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I notice at the time of writing this review that no one had rated it five stars, which is a shame since, given the cast alone, God Is Great And I’m Not could well have been a five star film and by popular consent. For me what lets it down is the plot (or lack of it), more so than the camerawork. The acting on the other hand is indeed very good from all the cast. But for all their good work the film comes across as somewhat disappointing.
This is not a bad film and I wouldn’t discourage anyone from watching it but I would say it is a film I won’t be in a hurry to watch again.
On the DVD you get:
God Is Great And I’m Not (1 hour 38 minutes)
Making Of (35 minutes approximately)
Filmographies (Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer and director Pascale Bailly)
In this film Tatou plays Michelle, a beautiful young woman that works as a model and wants to find the inner balance she lacks in a religion. That is the reason why she goes from being Catholic to Buddhist, and then ponders the idea of converting to Judaism as she falls in love with Francois (Edouard Baer), a secular Jew. The problem is that, after some time, Francois is not "Jew enough" for her, something to be expected as Michelle is given to extremes. That wreaks havoc on their relationship, something that this film shows to perfection.
Now, why do I have problems with "God Is Great, and I'm Not"? Why don't I like is as much as "Amélie", if the plot I just talked about isn't contrived or trite? From my point of view, the reasons are many, but I will save you some time and just point out the more important one, that is that this film seems unfinished. I am not talking about an open ending (like the ending of Rohmer's "A summer tale", a film I love), but rather about the kind of ending that makes you wonder whether the dvd you rented is a fake copy that lacks part of the film you just finished watching. Have you ever felt like that? Then you can understand how I felt after spending more than an hour and half watching this film... Not recommended.
The character played by Tautou is irritating and yet there is a bit of Michelle in all of us, searching when young to find out who we really are. The film is amusing and sad all at the same time. While I did not like Tautou's character, her portrayal was fantastic, and the supporting cast was excellent. This is less whimsical than "Amelie" and shows a few more sides of Tautou, though there is a bit of a similarity here in the role of a weirdo-ingenue. A fine little film that would appeal to young and old alike.
Is it too obvious to say that this reminded me of a Woody Allen comedy with many gags relating to being Jewish and Judaism. And moments of the movie do compare well to the master of the genre.
I could have deducted stars for the shell suits and perms. My how the world has moved on.
Note: I purchased this on the high street in the UK so it doesn't refer to the US import which is the only place I could find it on Amazon.
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