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 : St√©phane 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 S√©bastien
¬Oph√©lie Winter Jessica
¬Tony Amoni Steve
¬Matthieu Touboul Martin
¬Olivier Granier Le p√®re


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