La Nouvelle Ève (1999) from Tuna
|The New Eve (La Nouvelle Ève,1999) proves
that, just because a movie is French and has sub-titles,
doesn't automatically make it a masterpiece.
that, the film can not be easily dismissed, primarily
because of the performance of Karin Viard. Karin plays,
Camille, a 30 something Parisian who is dedicated to a
life of booze, parties, drugs and debauchery, but has
began to realize that her life is empty and
meaningless. She has also become clinically depressed,
with wild mood swings. Everything changes when she meets
Alexis (played by Pierre-Loup Rajot). She falls instantly
in love with him, then finds out he is married. Even that
does not dissuade her.
shows her ample breasts several times while
making love to Rajot
his mistress, but that is not an easy role, especially
for her. Finally, in desperation, she marries someone
else. Then Alexis's is
divorced by his wife, who found out about the affair.
Unlike most French love stories, the two end up together.
The film was beautifully made, and Viard put her entire
being into a great performance.
||The film's major
problem was a trite plot that would have needed
stretching for a 30 minute TV show.
The film is not so easy to
dismiss, however. Rajot and Viard had really chemistry,
and the story did explain why they were drawn to each
other. She was single, emotional, passionate, bisexual,
high strung and a substance abuser. He was married,
settled (leader in the socialist party), even-tempered,
straight and organized. It was the classic
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.7,
- With their
dollars ... it was a moderate success in
France - with about 350,000 admissions.
Given the population difference between
France and the USA, and today's ticket
prices, that's about equivalent to about
a $10 million showing in the USA.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
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