And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen (2003)
Movie InfoValentin (also known as And Now...Ladies and Gentleman) is directed by Claude Lelouch and features Jeremy Irons as Valentin, a criminal mastermind whose jewel-stealing business, despite having made him rich, does not offer him much room for personal growth. Hoping to find meaning for his existence, Valentin buys a boat and sets off on a one-man sailing trip around the world, with the police at his heels. At the same time, a burned-out jazz singer named Jane (Patricia Kaas) is in Morocco trying to forget an ill-fated love affair. Valentin, after being struck by a serious illness, makes an emergency landing on the Moroccan coast. Jane soon crosses paths with the suave con artist, and they begin a relationship. Valentin, filmed in France, England, and Morocco, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. The supporting cast of Valentin includes Xavier Lecoeur, Romula Walker, and Laura Mayne-Kerbrat. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi … More
- PG-13 (for momentary language)
- Drama , Action & Adventure , Romance , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
- Directed By:
- Claude Lelouch
- Written By:
- Pierre Leroux , Claude Lelouch
- In Theaters:
- Aug 8, 2003 Limited
- On DVD:
- Jan 13, 2004
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen
A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas.
According to common usage, the French word stupide comes closer to silly than to dumb, which is how I might rationalize my affection for this harebrained, obvious, but euphoric tale.
You'll either like this soaringly daft confection, even as it aggravates you with its self-absorption, or you won't. I did.
The movie is overcrowded with ideas, any one of which might have made a fun premise. Put them all together and the result is just plain silly.
A beautifully crafted meditation on memory, fate, coincidence and yearning.
It's silly the way hope, optimism and love are silly: silly and rather wonderful.
Lelouch isn't interested in anything so pedestrian as plausible narrative.... some people want to fill the world with silly love songs.
Lelouch's wink at the viewer, his gentle undermining of the illusion of the dramatic unity of time and place, playfully tweaks the film's fundamental project of connection.
Because the majority of scenes are drawn out and obviously improvised, this disjointed and rambling confection will have limited appeal to others.
Lelouch ... assuring he doesn't fully lose his audience by the convolutions of the mind, still actively takes part in putting up a fog screen as to avoid total comprehension.
This is like a collection of the best moments from Claude Lelouch's filmography -- with bits and pieces joyously borrowed from his films from the 1970s and '80s, when he was at his most prolific and ingenious.
The most sophisticated love story since In the Mood for Love, The House of Mirth and The English Patient.
... simply abstract, substituting romantic gesture for romance and gluing scenes together with vague emotional logic and silky style.
This drowsy caper comes on like a fun-house mirror of layered pretensions.
Few, if any, other actors could match Irons' stiff-lipped exterior sealing an internal combustion engine of mischief and passion.
May not be entirely successful, but there are worse ways to spend an afternoon.
...plays like your neighbors' two-hour vacation slideshow that they insist on showing every time you come over.
It's two-plus hours of trinkets and baubles and clever repartée beneath a perfect summer sun and beside the whitewashed walls of Fez.
Audience Reviews for And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen
[font=Century Gothic][color=purple]"And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen" is about two people of different professions - Valentin Valentin(Jeremy Irons, who also played Humbert Humbert in "Lolita". What gives?), a jewel thief/master of disguise and Jane Lester(Patricia Kaas), a jazz singer - who are both suffering from the same physical malady - blackouts with an amnesia chaser. [/color][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][color=#800080]It feels like Claude LeLouch is trying to make an old-fashioned romance but cannot really decide fully on the movie he wants to make. Does he want to make a tearjerker or "To Catch a Thief"? And the movie is none too plausible. But the Moroccan scenery is certainly nice. [/color][/font]
The acting by the cast in "and now... ladies and gentlemen" - both by great actors like Jeremy Irons, as well as others, like Patricia Kaas a famous Jazz singer, is beautiful, very deeply felt.
I was moved by the expression in these two actor's eyes. But one mustn't consider and rate acting by itself in Lelouch movies,which I was not familiar with, but it is the unity of all skills and feelings that make his work so profound. The acting, directing, photography, music... they make up the story.
This movie is filled with illusions, and incredible photographic beauty, specially the ones in Morocco. A must to see.
somehow the Morocco inspector reminds me of the TV serie Inspector Colombo, (funny)
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