Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mes Stars Et Moi

Rating : 7/10
Release Date : Oct ‘08
Time : 88 minutes
Director & Writer : Laetitia Colombani
Starring : Catherine Deneueve, Emmanuelle Beart, Kad Merad, Melanie Bernier, Rufus

A delightful movie, that engages you right from the start and leaves you wanting more. Imagine a movie fan who’s so lost in his world of stars that he ignores his family. Who would rather attend a movie premiere than meet his daughter. Who calls up bad reviewers and threatens them if they dare write something bad about his stars. Who stalks his stars and calls them up, amiably though, without ever scaring them. And who’s just obsessed, in a very real kind of way, without ever being psychotic or lunatic or even being ‘in love’ with them. Sounds plausible ?

Now take the stars – there’s actually three of them who are the objects of his affection. The senior, gracefully ageing Catherine, the beautiful Emmanuelle and the new starlet, a wide-eyed Melanie. Who decide they must do something about him. And do so in spectacular style…

The beauty of the film is that its kept very real and we feel for all the characters, including Kad, who is put through the wringer by the three gorgeous women. We feel for the stars as well, each one in different personal situations and affected differently by Kad’s obsession. Melanie, for example, has her TV audition cancelled as Kad calls up the TV Director, pretending to be her agent and lets him know that she would prefer to focus on cinema. And he tries to break up Emmanuelle’s affair with a rugby star as he feels he’s not right for her image.

There are two excellent cameo’s, one by the director / writer herself, as the psy-cat-analyst (for more on what that is, you’ll need to see the film) and another by Rufus, who plays Catherine’s friend cum driver cum housekeeper as dignifiedly as possible.

The pace of the film is great, something always happening. And the end is delicious, totally unexpected, showing leopards rarely change their spots...


Howard Roark said...

Hi Apurv! Just stumbled upon your blog. Havent read all, but a few including this one. Seems like a fabulous plotline. And I share your enthusiam on movies! Nothing makes your day like a good movie which leaves you thinking about it for a long while after. I have a blog too, where I do review movies too once in a while (the ones which I really really like), but I also blog on life in general too. Tc and keep blogging!

Howard Roark

Anonymous said...

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