Jolies Choses, Les (2001)

Original Title : Jolies choses, Les
Director : Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Writer : Virginie Despentes
Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Stéphane Marsil
Music : David Moreau
Photography : Pascal Ridao
IMDB ID : 0263496
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Jolies Choses, Les (2001) - Gilles Paquet-Brenner


Marion Cotillard Marie/Lucie
Stomy Bugsy Nicolas
Patrick Bruel Jacques
Titoff Sébastien
Ophélie Winter Jessica
Tony Amoni Steve
Matthieu Touboul Martin
Olivier Granier Le père


Marie and Lucie are two twin sisters with diametrically opposite characters. They hate and adore each other at the same time . Lucie plays the outgoing pinup outgoing and like what shines, while Marie, a lot more reserved, is a model of austerity. One day, Lucie has the possibility to record a disk. Her friend Nicolas recalls her that she doesn't know how to sing. However, Marie possesses a pretty voice. The later arrives in Paris for a concert and go up on stage instead her sister. When Marie and Nicolas come back at Lucie's, they realize that she commited suicide. Marie's reaction is immediate: she decides to make herself pass for her sister. Seized by Lucie's life she slowly discover her hidden face.


Quite a startling unfolding of a descent into depravity. I was lucky enough to catch this at a Melbourne International Film Festival a few years ago and was blown away by the serpentine descent that the audience is put through. The stunning soundtrack and focussed performance by Cotillard made for a mesmerising if somewhat melodramatic film. The characters interactions with each other were rooted in realism, sometimes displaying that twisted reality we all have to deal with. I enjoyed this for being gratuitously indulgent, and yet gritty with some raw nerves exposed.
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Jolies Choses, Les (2001) - Gilles Paquet-Brenner