My Piece of the Pie Reviews

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½ September 10, 2014
Pas tenu plus de 25 min. Bouleversant de platitude et de clichés. Le jeu d'acteur fait mal aux dents. À éviter.
January 12, 2014
Another quite good and non-formulaic french movie. This one is about an out-of-work single mother who just lost her job at a factory (which has been closed due to company outsourcing to Asia) and made a suicide attempt. She recovers and finds a nanny job with a wealthy stock-trader in Paris who turns out to be the very person who crashed her company's future for a quick profit. Interesting tension for sure.
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½ November 15, 2013
In "My Piece of the Pie," everything is coming up roses for Stephane(Gilles Lellouche), an investment banker, as he is promised a huge promotion in the future. That's not to mention his making time with Tessa(Marine Vacth), a beautiful supermodel. By comparison, his new maid, France(Karin Viard), had been laid off from work in Dunkirk, suffered a nervous breakdown, attempted suicide, failed at running a free day care center before moving to Paris, leaving her three kids behind in the care of relatives.

There are some neat things about "My Piece of the Pie" like its attempt to say something meaningful about class and the informative lecture about buying and selling stocks. Otherwise, the movie has no idea what it really wants to be, as it is all over the map, both geographically and story wise. For example, the sequence in Venice is supposed to establish Stephane's lack of commitment but instead comes off as something much creepier. There is also a dance number set to "Pretty Woman," with all of the implications that the song now carries.(On the other hand, bonus points for the Serge Gainsbourg song.) And while the ending is meant to be celebratory in a corny sort of way, it is to be honest quite frightening.
½ October 13, 2012
Among the top 3 worst movies I've ever seen.
September 3, 2012
First film by Klapisch that goes beyond the problems of young urbanites. I liked how this film focused on the difference between the average working people in France compared to the wealthy CEO class
½ March 14, 2012
Karin Viard's presence is welcome in any film, and here it goes a long way to making My Piece of the Pie as good as it is. As a recently retrenched factory worker who scores a job as a cleaner for an unscrupulous stock broker, she breathes heart and soul into the role and effortlessly flicks from comedy to drama. The story itself looks like its going to go down any number of social commentary and romcom roads. To its credit, it succeeds in avoiding predictability. Its unfortunate though that instead it paints itself into a corner which it can't get out of.
March 13, 2012
Great movie. The quote that summarizes it all: France - "Apparement il faut que j'accepte que je vais mal." Une Amie - "Salut France ca va?" France - "Oui, ca va tres bien."
March 27, 2011
This movie gives a interesting view on today's crisis and on the importance of solidarity and awareness..
February 17, 2012
It could have been better... loved the ending !
½ March 15, 2011
Comme d'hab', un bon Klapish avec des acteurs principaux excellents.
January 2, 2012
Les films en phase avec la réalité sociale, quand ils ne se cantonnent pas à dénoncer avec force et rigueur, peuvent adopter un biais comique ("La très très grande entreprise", "Erreur de la banque en votre faveur") ou même poétique et absurde (ceux de Delépine & Kervern). Ils peuvent aussi adopter tous les biais - ce qui revient à dire pas de biais du tout -, dénoncer à tout va en s'arrangeant pour caricaturer suffisamment pour ne choquer personne. Et c'est Cédric Klapisch, d'habitude plus pertinent, qui s'y colle avec "Ma part du gâteau". "Ma part du gâteau" ou comment démarrer sur une base potentiellement drôlatique (à condition d'aimer patauger dans le cliché : la pauvresse dunkerquoise généreuse et naturelle et le trader qui ramasse mais qui est mort dans son coeur et dans son slip, c'est...comment dire...un peu téléphoné ?), rajouter du romantisme facile (tomberont amoureux ? tomberont pas amoureux?) puis, comme si Klapisch s'était rendu compte qu'il faisait fausse route depuis le début, transformer tout ça en pseudo-thriller avant de mitonner rapidos une conclusion militante genre "tous sur les barricades". En soi, ça se laisse regarder (même si N'IMPORTE QUOI peut se laisser regarder) mais on continue à se demander quelles étaient les ambitions de départ de ce film boiteux et déstructuré, qui ressemble plus au patchwork d'un débutant qu'au film d'un réalisateur parmi les plus populaires de France.
January 1, 2012
kendi halinde siradan bir sekilde ilerlerken, birden bire sicti.
November 30, 2011
An amazing movie on social justice..if you don't speak or understand French ( suis Francophone)pls don;t review..because you just won't "get" it. Full of excitement..comedy.. sorrow..bitter irony..and one greedy man..who definitely get's what;s coming to him the end.
Superb acting by Karin Viard...this was shown @ The European Intl film Toronto on last day..well done!!
½ November 30, 2011
Klapisch back in good form. Just a fairy-tale, but well made, and right when I started to worry they really were going to remake "Pretty Woman," they showed just how different a French fairy-tale is from an American one (I won't give away the last scene, but the only hero who triumphs in the end is an abstract concept close to the French psyche, not any of the characters). Think Wall Street combined with Officer and a Gentleman combined with Pretty Woman, minus the compulsion to make a happy ending, or really to tie up any loose ends at all, plus some sense of how to make a film stylish. Or maybe none of that makes any sense... just think it is what it is. And I guess if you want to try to read something deep into it, the heroine is named "France" for a reason after all. So perhaps think continental-style social democracy tilting at the windmills of Anglo-Saxon-style capitalism, knowing perfectly well that it's fighting a losing battle.
½ November 24, 2011
Cedric Kaplish mantiene un impecable ritmo en esta trama sobre una obrera que se queda sin trabajo y que se ve en la necesidad de laborar como domestica de un importante ejecutivo, sin saber que fue el causante del quiebre de la empresa donde laboraba. Con dosis de tension muy bien aplicada equilibrada con momentos de empatia entre los personajes principales, "Mi Parte del Pastel" subsana ciertas lagunas argumentales con buenas actuaciones y un excelente cierre. Vale mucho la pena. Parte del 15 Tour de Cine Frances en Mexico. (texto intencionalmente sin acentos).
½ May 2, 2011
The worst film at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Its highlights are its comedic moments, and even those are formulaic and quickly grow tired. Its surprise twist came about 45 minutes after I lost interest.
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