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Under the Rainbow [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agathe Bonitzer, Arthur Dupont, Agnès Jaoui
  • Directors: Agnès Jaoui
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug. 2014
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K80QGP0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Laura is still waiting for Prince Charming at the age of 24. So when Sandro appears at a party, exactly like her Prince would in her dreams, she thinks she s finally found her knight in shining armour. But then when she meets Maxime the following night, Laura starts to wonder if some Princes could be more charming than others. Will everything end happily ever after for Laura? Or will the prince turn out to be the frog?

A sharp, snappy and wonderfully droll comedy of manners and errors, this charming French romantic drama has won over legions of admirers across the channel and is now poised to set hearts aflutter in Britain too.

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I bought this DVD after originally seeing the film in a cinema in Poitiers where, in a moment of confidence, I thought that my French was good enough to watch a film without the need for sub-titles. This film seemed a good choice as I am usually a huge admirer of the films of Jean-Pierre Bacri and Agnes Jaoui however this was hard work as none of the principle characters seemed particularly engaging. I think I understood about 20% of the dialogue and therefore bought this DVD to see whether the addition of sub-titles would make me change my mind.

In the past it is fair to say that Jaoui and Bacri have combined to produce some brilliant if gentle comedies. "The tastes of others" is , without doubt, an absolute masterpiece that manages to be profound and funny at the same time. A lot of the success is due to the ability of Bacri to portray slightly miserable characters fed up with the dross and stupidity that surrounds him and even when his characters are not too sympathetic, the humour is very well observed. In this instance, the script tries to be a bit too clever with Jaoui's character being a school teacher directing a children's play based on a fairy tale whilst the stories which reflect the other characters owe some element to Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, etc. It is sophisticated yet the humour only seems to rise to the surface when Bacri and Jaoui's characters have dialogue together. The young couple Sandro and Laura are pretty insufferable and when the slimy love rival Wolff materialises in the story, it is immediately apparent that he will be the villain of the piece. The story centres around Bacri being miserable whilst approaching the date of his pending death as forecast by a fortune telling.
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Laura is 24 and still waiting for her Prince Charming. Then she runs into Sandro at a party and its all love at first sight type thing. We also have the story of Sandro's papa - Pierre played by Jean-Pierre Bacri who also wrote this. He seems to find it hard to express his feelings and is haunted by a foretelling of his death on the 14 march.

Add to the mix some experimental music, a children's play and driving lessons and you have enough happenings to make a very good story indeed. The thing is it just doesn't work. The acting is all excellent; it is beautifully shot, well directed and professionally made. But and it is a really big but, it is not funny in the least. The romance is hardly in evidence and everyone seems to have emotional issues. The drama side of things is wafer thin too with so little actually happening that I wondered at one point was I watching the film as billed.

It does try to be light hearted in places but that doesn't always go well with the on screen `action'. I checked out other reviews for this and it is a mixed response. Some people clearly like the `subtle' humour on show here but for me it just did not translate very well at all - if you are in doubt then probably best to go for the rental option
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Life can be a bit like a fairytale in the films of Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri, but it seems like their collaborative filmmaking team is starting to lose some of its magic in Under the Rainbow. Perhaps the filmmakers are aware of this themselves, since there's a self-conscious effort in this film to inject a little bit of overt fairytale fantasy elements, as if they don't trust the material itself to have the charm to carry it off on its own. In reality, however, while the fairytale touches aren't strictly necessary, they tend to drop away as the film goes on, and the familiar Jaoui/Bacri touch does indeed find its own charm in the qualities and the weaknesses of the lives of its ordinary characters.

Without the fantasy trappings, there isn't anything particularly distinguishing about the story. Laura, a girl from a wealthy family, has a dream of falling in love with a Prince Charming, and confides her dreams and the words of a fortune teller to her free-living and open-minded aunt Marianne (Jaoui). Her prince magically appears in the form of Sandro, a young musician who is struggling to own his own place and gain recognition for his music. Sandro hopes his father might help him out with money from his grandfather's inheritance, but Pierre (a typically morbidly morose Bacri) is preoccupied with where his own life is going, not least because a fortune teller predicted the day of death 40 years ago, and that day is imminent. For various reasons each of them are stuck and uncertain at the choices available to them to progress in life.

To dismiss Under the Rainbow as light and inconsequential however is to miss the point. Jaoui and Bacri do the everyday exceptionally well, finding a magic in love, romance and friendships that overcomes the drudgery of life.
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A most excellent film, typically French. This means that the characters are presented in depth, and it is not possible to know how it is going to end.
All this director's films are highly recommended.
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This movie is based on vice versa of Cinderella fairy tale, watched it for 20 minutes and couldn't continue, waste of money!
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