Antoine et Antoinette (2013)
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Jacques Becker's Antoine et Antoinette bears echoes of the early-talkie Rene Clair classic Le Million. Roger Pigaut plays Antoine, a foreman in a bookbinding factory, while Claire Maffei portrays his salesgirl wife Antoinette. The story gets under way when a valuable lottery ticket is lost, sending hero and heroine into a tizzy. Before a happy ending can be attained, Antoine and Antoinette come in contact with a wide variety of supporting characters, many of whom have a vested interest in that ticket. By filming his story against a backdrop of actual locations and realistically appointed studio sets, co-writer/director Jacques Beckerhas transformed this wafer-thin comedy romance into an encapsulation of the Parisian working class. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Antoine et Antoinette
The film walks an evocative line between realism and fantasy, capturing the energetic effervescence of the City of Light and showing how it complements the unbreakable bond between our impassioned heroes.
Becker valued what he called "dead time," the little moments in life when nothing seems to be happening and in which people reveal themselves most fully.
The director Jacques Becker laces this snappy, sentimental comic melodrama, from 1947, with streetwise details, from the stress and danger of factory work to the wiles of philandering housewives.
An oddly pedestrian monotony runs through Antoine and Antoinette -- a perceptible touch of stiffness in both the action and the idea.
It bubbles with an optimistic portrait of a happily married young couple, and a lively gallery of supporting characters worthy of a Preston Sturges farce.
The thin plot revolves around a desperate search for a lost lottery ticket.
An enjoyable but slight bit of French comedy whose premise is far better than its execution.
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