Copacabana (2010)

Copacabana

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A middle-aged bohemian belatedly discovers the joys of capitalism in this comedy from French writer and director Marc Fitoussi. Babou (Isabelle Huppert) spent most of her twenties and thirties living a footloose lifestyle, wandering from place to place and never holding a job longer than she had to. But while this way of living agreed with Babou, her daughter Esmeralda (Lolita Chammah) never much cared for it, and now that she's in her twenties and engaged to wed Justin (Joachim Lombard), a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Marc Fitoussi
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On DVD: Mar 8, 2011
Runtime:
Mars Distribution

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Critic Reviews for Copacabana

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
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The film finds occasional big laughs out of Huppert's observations of those around her and eventually warms the audience to this character.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
Trespass

...entertaining yet far-from-engrossing...

Full Review… | March 28, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Copacabana proves that Isabelle Huppert can do anything, including starring in a trivial mother-daughter dramedy that's beneath her considerable talents.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Slant Magazine

With a Gallic twist, Copacabana is a quirky feel-good comedy for the kook in us all.

Full Review… | December 7, 2010
Empire Magazine Australasia

An emotionally intelligent film this, with a keen sense of rhythm and balance from writer director Marc Fitoussi, who draws his characters with affection but never sentimentality.

Full Review… | November 26, 2010
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Audience Reviews for Copacabana

One of the best female characters I have seen in a movie in a long time! I absolutely loved Isabelle Huppert here as the eccentric Babou. Lolita Chammah is also good as the daughter who is so embarrassed by her mother she has decided not to invite her to her wedding. (She is also Isabelle Huppert's real life daughter, and they do look a little alike which made it more believable). I could not personally see what she was so embarrassed about - I thought Isabelle looked fantastic all through this, and as for her behaviour, she showed more decency than all the so-called "normal" people. I would be very happy if I wound up like that at her age! (What am I saying, I think I am on my way there now. LOL. There wasn't one outfit there that she wore that I wouldn't have worn!).
Babou gets a job selling dodgy time share units to prove to her daughter that she can be responsible and a parent to be proud of, which brings about some interesting situations. The one flaw was that the ending felt a little rushed, but on the whole, this is a good movie about a mother and her daughter learning to deal with each other as adults rather than mother and daughter and to accept each others flaws.

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