December 3, 2010
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.
June 12, 2011
Isabelle Huppert's character is so amazing that only a superb actress like her would do justice to it. A delicious french movie with a Brazilian flavor.
December 2, 2010
Never less than good, the marvellous Huppert(Babou) lights up this emotional souffle and almost turns it into a bombe alaska. A quirky tale of a Bohemian mother, a seemingly conservative daughter, and the mother's attempts to win her approval by holding down an atrocious job selling time-share apartments in an off-season French resort. The director, while depicting the resort as cold, colourless and soulless, and Babou as self-obsessed but kindly unconventional, keeps this cool heartwarmer afloat to the happy end - although not in everyone's opinion. One cinema-goer said afterward she was bored from the very beginning - not deep enough. Ah well. Huppert is still gorgeous and prodigously talented at 57, (but oh so skinny)and maybe that's enough for this old roue.