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Merci La Vie (1989)

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TV5 are running several films by that master of absurdity, surrealism and great camera set-ups, Bertrand Blier. This is the one where Anouk Grinberg is found in a mini wedding dress by Charlotte Gainsbourg and they cause promiscuous havoc wherever they go … If only films like this were made in English – they still wouldn’t get Oscar nominations: better by far to lock women up in rooms, have them lesbian or just dropping dead/waiting to be killed in the background of films like The Revenant and Hateful Eight where they are raped and mutilated and … saying the bare minimum. And Amy Schumer is praised for writing a film of depressing conventionality that plays like something Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey turned down ten years ago. Sigh. The shifts here are signalled by the coloured filters in each different segment, we meet the film crew and see them in action with the actors, and at the end we wonder if it was all a figment of Gainsbourg’s imagination. Funny, innovative stuff.

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An occasional movie-watching diary.

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