Gentille

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Gentille
Sophie Fillières :: France :: 2004 :: 1h42

Young woman by the name of Fontaine, doctor in a hotel-like psychiatric ward in Paris, awaits a moment of lucidity in which to accept her boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Fontaine and the other characters are all in a permanent slight disaccord with the world around them, in a northern European (non-French) absurdist tradition, flavored with some humorous dialogue. A showering Fontaine can be seen striking poses in the bathroom mirror with her still unaccepted engagement ring as she tries to make up her mind. A funny scene (amongst others) which are rendered ridiculous by other parts, like her swallowing the ring further down the line… The script’s duality between great scenes and superfluous ones, allows you to equally pick a positive view or a negative one, depending on where you place the emphasis. The inappropriate and uninspired poster may put you off straight away, but might also just push you into the positive view, as after that you can only be pleasantly surprised by the reality dream world of Fontaine’s life.

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