Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010)
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as Ernest, le paysan
as Didier, le paysan
as Man at Baptism
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as Rodolphe's Mother
as Florence's Child
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as Agathe as a Child
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as Young Mimouna
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Critic Reviews for Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie)
Not a laugh riot, but neither is it played for melodrama.
It's graceful in presenting its ideas, and what emerges is not a polemic but a kind of snapshot of modern-day concerns.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie)
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.
Imagine a famous feminist ? say, Gloria Steinem ? sitting down to do a serious interview about her life?s work with two filmmakers. But there?s a catch: Her interrogators turn out to be Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell.
How you react to that scenario will likely color your view of "Let It Rain," a French comedy from writer-director Agnes Jaoui. Is this movie a satire, in which an uppity woman receives her well-deserved comeuppance? Well ? yes. Is it social commentary that underscores the kind of obstacles, ignorance, and frustration a serious person must leap-frog to effect meaningful change? Yup, that too.
In "Let It Rain," Jaoui, who also stars as best-selling author and feminist Agathe Villanova, straddles the fence between heavy and light, but she never falls off because her main concern is people, not ideology. The relatives and locals Agathe copes with on a visit to her hometown are largely indifferent (or hostile) to her cause, certainly. But isn?t Agathe also a bit full of herself? Jaoui fixes this imbalance by subjecting Agathe to one slapstick situation after another, usually at the hands of those inept filmmakers. Everyone else in the film is down-to-earth and friendly, you bet. But don?t they all owe something to people like Agathe, people who don?t just complain but actually accomplish things? Isn?t Agathe really an island of common sense among fools and dreamers?
There is a scene near the end of the film in which Agathe has a heart-to-heart with Mimouna, the saintly, long-suffering family servant who thinks only of others, despite major problems of her own. ?Think of yourself. Just a little,? counsels Agathe. Does Mimouna?s rejection of this advice make her an exemplary human being ? or just a sap?
There?s a lot of chat in "Let It Rain," and its ending is a bit pat, but the dialogue is never less than amusing, the characters are all engaging, and the acting is first-rate. Jaoui wants you think ? but only between the laughs.
Lovely mixture of measured character detail--blessedly free of melodrama--very nice choice of soundtrack, unexpected turns, but at the end of the day, probably most appreciated by those who understand French.
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