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One short point to add to the many excellent reviews of this movie, if you watch the early scene "Camille's Party" very carefully, ignoring the distraction of the conflict between Remi and Louise that brackets other key meetings, you may increase your enjoyment of this subtle French talkie. Or you may choose to view this scene again at the end of the movie. It's all there, clear as a bell, but one is distracted by the cameras attention to the neurotic young focus of the movie.
In fact, this is the only Rohmer movie out of half a dozen I've viewed where a couple clearly and emphatically makes the transition to a mature, happy and probably lifelong relationship. But it is mostly done off camera.
A couple of other tiny points: The married writer who pursues Louise is probably Rohmer's alter ego in the film, and Louise probably represents his neurotic early films that typically don't go anywhere. The movie also seems to have some message about the project-like surburbs with their cold metal facilities, vs. the warm hubub of Paris. In other Rohmer movies, Parisians retreat to georgeous country homes with gardens, or seaside villas, but pointedly not in this movie.
If you have known people like the characters in the film, who say they want to be alone but compulsively hang out with whoever is available, becoming distracted from their true goals; if you like irony and don't need everything spelled out, and like to think about movies, you will enjoy this one. If you just want a light romantic comedy, watch an American film.
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By Niall on Oct. 29 2003
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Director Eric Rohmer's FULL MOON IN PARIS is the fourth in his series of "Comedies and Proverbs" starring Pascale Ogier and Tcheky Karyo. To some, Rohmer is an acquired taste. You either embrace or dislike his style of filmmaking. He is one of the few directors that really know how to direct women. He has an uncanny knack of getting inside their minds, and Full Moon In Paris is no exception.
The story opens in Louise's (Pascale Ogier) apartment home in Marne-La-Vallee that she shares with boyfriend Remi (Tcheky Karyo). Remi is an architect and a home bird, while Louise is more the out going type. She is the very opposite to Remi's rather conservative personality. Although in love with him, she feels uncomfortable whenever they go out together, as she senses that Remi is ill at ease over her long hours of socializing. Ideally, she wants to move to Paris where she works as a designer so that she can enjoy the nightlife with her friends.
Enter Octave, played by Fabrice Luchini. Octave is a writer who is married with one child. He also happens to be Louise's confidant. There is a great scene in Octave's home, when Louise, who is trying to resist his advances, offer's her opinion about when women should have children. Ogier looks really beautiful in this scene, and I love her hairstyle. In someway her dress demeanor is like a montage. She's impish, sexy, and refined at the same time. As Octave says she is flirty without realizing it.
This encounter with Octave shows that Louise is a woman of some intellect. For instance, her observations of life are well defined. She is conscious that some women have a limbo period in their mid- twenties, and that nature is forcing her to re-examine her own life.
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"Full Moon in Paris" is an absolute gem, far more than words can say! It is an absolutely joy and pleasure, to watch, and I can honestly say that, of all the films in my video library, this one is, by far, the most frequently viewed!
All of the actors in this film give exceptionally commendable performances! Having said that, however, I must say that, quite truly, this movie really belongs to the lovely French actress, Pascale Ogier, who portrayed the character "Louise". I only hope and pray, that she won an award for best actress, as a result of her stellar performance, in this brilliantly glorious film.
I was quite saddened to learn, however, that Ms. Ogier, quite tragically, died of a heart attack in 1984, which was the same year "Full Moon in Paris" was released. She was only 24 years old.
Thus, in very many ways, this movie is made all that very much more significant, for it is a final tribute to Pascale Ogier, whose shining light was cast into darkness, far too soon.
Goodbye, Pascale. You were one of France's true gems. You shall forever be lovingly remembered, as the sparkling star of "Full Moon in Paris", whose exceptionally promising film career tragically ended, before it barely had a chance, to begin.
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Fourth movie of director Eric Rohmer's COMEDIES AND PROVERBS serie, FULL MOON IN PARIS is without contest a masterpiece. Three terrific actors : Tchéky Kario who, 10 years later, will be the villain in GOLDENEYE, Fabrice Luchini who has managed, in the nineties, to be present in all major french movies and Pascale Ogier who will tragically disappear in 1984, the year of the theatrical release of FULL MOON IN PARIS. A more than clever screenplay with subtle dialogs will clean your ears, or your eyes if you don't understand french, from the spoken insanities of today cinema.
Pascale "Louise" Ogier is living with Tchéky "Rémi" Karyo in the suburbs of Paris. She likes to pass her spare time with her ancient friends while Rémi stays at home. So, in order to save their relationship, she decides to sleep every friday night in a flat in Paris, alone. FULL MOON IN PARIS describes the consequences of this decision during the three months that follow.
Like in the plays of Musset or Marivaux, tragedy is always hidden behind comedy and Pascale Ogier's smiles and tears form a wonderful rainbow.
As always in Fox Lorber presentations of european movies, subtitles can't be removed and sound & images are of VHS quality, no more.
A DVD for your library.
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