Let It Rain (France 2008, 110 min, dir: Agnes Jaoui, cast: Agnes Jaoui, Jean Pierre Bacri, Jamel Debbouze).
Is it the director’s revenge to cast your husband as the asshole? Agnes Jaoui is an excellent French actress who directs her second film Let it Rain. Her real life husband, Jean Pierre Barci plays Michel, an oafish video maker who is making a documentary about her.
She’s running for the legislature representing a section of Provence. Actually the district is called Rhone-Alps. We know this because the financial key to many French films making a deal with one of the regions (departments) to promote tourism. They give you production money and you try to feature their landscape, towns, hotels, and restaurants.
Agnes, as Agatha, undergoes a tireless round of family squabbles and minor irritations in her quest to win the election. Michel and his brighter sidekick, Karim (Jamel Debbouze) never seem to be able to say “action” and “cut” in sync.
So it goes. The film has a woman director’s touch in lingering moments between Agatha sister, her children, and a somewhat estranged male companion. One of the standout elements of the film, besides a good catalogue of places to eat and sleep in Rhone-Alps (you can watch this film while open to Trip Advisor)– is the music. Mostly Schubert but supplemented with wild brass band music from Santiago de Cuba. It gives us a taste of the unique sound of this east end of Cuba city usually eclipsed by Havana sounds.
After noting restaurants for your next visit to France, it’s worth a click to iTunes to download a sample from Santiago de Cuba. All your friends will marvel at the range of your tastes.Link to this Post: http://www.moviewithme.com/blog/archives/2391