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Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2008)

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77

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 11

Low-key to a fault, Let It Rain blends subtle political commentary with smart, thoroughly French comedy.

71

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 4

Low-key to a fault, Let It Rain blends subtle political commentary with smart, thoroughly French comedy.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Movie Info

Many regard the satirically inclined writer-director-star Agnès Jaoui (Le Goût des Autres) as a European equivalent of Woody Allen. The cerebral comedy Let It Rain represents Jaoui's third effort in the said capacities, and finds her juggling preoccupations with gender politics and class differences. Here, she plays Agathe Villanova, a feminist author with political plans who heads off to the summer residence of her early years to address some unfinished family business with her sister, Florence

Unrated,

Drama, Comedy

Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri

Jul 28, 2009

$0.1M

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (11)

Not a laugh riot, but neither is it played for melodrama.

July 23, 2010
Washington Post
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It's graceful in presenting its ideas, and what emerges is not a polemic but a kind of snapshot of modern-day concerns.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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At times Let It Rain recalls one of those Katharine Hepburn comedies where the New Woman gets cut down to size so as not to intimidate the Old-School Men. Yet the film so likably deflates the pompous and pumps up the humble that it's hard not to like.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The character conflicts are so decorously handled that after a while the whole enterprise begins to seem more like a good waiter than a good story.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Beautifully strange and affecting...

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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A movie in which everyone was this disappointed, and nobody changed, would be a very sad film, and that's not Jaoui's intent. She's not a cynic but a humanist and, by the end of the film, most of these people have taken some steps toward change.

June 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The genial comedy reaches for understated satirical moments.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For all the affairs, the jealousy, the self-involvement and the obliviousness of some characters, these are lives in lower case...

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Incapable of rising above mere pleasantness.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Not funny "ha-ha" but funny "huh?"

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Agnès Jaoui's light farce is so crafty that one might not notice that the breezy story is really about a successful woman getting cut down to size for being too controlling.

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

May be a light lunch compared to the full meal of some other recent French offerings but it still tastes damn good.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

Refreshingly (for American audiences, anyway), everyone in "Let It Rain" has genuinely good intentions.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

The performances are excellent, even if none of the characters are all that likeable or involving. Bacri and Debbouze make an intriguing double act.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

...funnier than [Jaoui's] earlier films and specializes in commenting on how a character's strength or fragility affects their relationships.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A passing delight is a delight all the same.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie)

This one?s a slow starter but your patience is rewarded. It?s a subtle story of self-importance with a Eric Rohmer feel about it but without the humour or great script. The real reason to watch this film is for the brilliant performances by Jean-Pierre Bacri & Jamel Debbouze.
October 1, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

A gentle tone, likeable characters, rural locations and unassuming narrative belies explorations on feminism, racism, misogyny and fidelity to name a few. Funny largely without being "laugh-out-loud" funny, and dramatic without being melodramatic, the film is satisfying and quietly moving and shows the universal truth that although most people want to change, few do, and when they do, it's in small gestures and kindnesses.
March 1, 2013
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