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Nobody Else But You Reviews

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Cynthia S

Super Reviewer

February 10, 2014
Interesting plot, some good ideas, and some good acting, but the whole thing ended up being less than the sum of its parts. With more skillful direction it could have been a good movie. Ultimately, I ended up not being drawn in completely. A decent attempt, though, I must say.
hunterjt13
hunterjt13

Super Reviewer

April 20, 2013
In a snow-drenched town, mystery writer investigates the death of a woman whose life mirrors that of Marilyn Monroe.
A mixture of Fargo and Twin Peaks, this film takes a long time to unfold; in fact there aren't any clues to the mystery until about forty minutes into the action. However, once the film picks up speed, it is quite compelling. Sophie Quinton plays Candice Lecoeur like the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe that the script calls for: she's troubled and lonely and without an independent identity, but her grace and charm make her eminently desirable. By the end of the film, the tragedy of a woman who gets filled up with desires other than her own rings poignantly.
The film's character development of David Rousseau is abysmal. What is his damage? What are his motivations? What about Candice connects to him? These questions are essential, but the film remains silent.
Overall, at the end of the film, I like it enough to try to forget the beginning.
366weirdmovies
366weirdmovies

Super Reviewer

November 16, 2012
In a snowbound French town, a crime novelist investigates the death of a local celebrity who beleived hereself to be the reincarntaion of Marilyn Monroe. Nods to "Twin Peaks" and a soundtrack full of icy renditions of 60s hits add ot the appeal of this cool, stylish and strange mystery.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

February 15, 2014
When David Rousseau(Jean-Paul Rouve), a writer, travels several hundred kilometers to a small town for a wealthy relative's funeral, he is disappointed to learn that the only thing he will be inheriting is the family dog which is in fact quite dead and stuffed. What he does get is inspiration when the body of Candice Lecoeur(Sophie Quinton), a local cheese spokesmodel and weather person, is found in the snow, a presumed suicide. But Rousseau senses foul play, even though the authorities say otherwise. His investigations bring him to Dr. Juliette Geminy(Arsinee Khanjian), Candice's psychiatrist, who after some pressure reveals that Candice had dreams of being Marilyn Monroe in a previous life.

With more than its share of homages and references to the past, "Nobody Else but You" is definitely a movie like they just don't make anymore, that of a shaggy detective in a beatup car running down a mystery in engagingly offbeat fashion. Castle notwithstanding, I usually don't like writers as protagonists but here it works well as I like Rousseau. Plus, the movie gets more sympathy for Marilyn Monroe than any more direct or saner approach would do, even if the movie spells things out a little too forcefully.(And it's a nice touch that somebody says that Candice reminds him of Ann Baxter.) But while the mystery's resolution is lacking, the movie does end on a perfectly bittersweet note.
May 16, 2014
Comparisons to Fargo, Twin Peaks, and even Laura come naturally for this unique and very droll French neo-noir. The story twists and turns intriguingly. The two stars both give great performances. The direction and cinematography are outstanding. My sole complaint is that the subtitles were often difficult to read and I didn't want to miss any of the dialog.
muttonman21
November 4, 2012
A really good premise with some really good parts but also feels painfully formulaic that it may be mostly forgotten. Will type more laters...
August 8, 2012
Some Twin Peaks, a little dash of 'Fargo', and a lot of Marilyn. In French.
These are all good things.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

February 15, 2014
When David Rousseau(Jean-Paul Rouve), a writer, travels several hundred kilometers to a small town for a wealthy relative's funeral, he is disappointed to learn that the only thing he will be inheriting is the family dog which is in fact quite dead and stuffed. What he does get is inspiration when the body of Candice Lecoeur(Sophie Quinton), a local cheese spokesmodel and weather person, is found in the snow, a presumed suicide. But Rousseau senses foul play, even though the authorities say otherwise. His investigations bring him to Dr. Juliette Geminy(Arsinee Khanjian), Candice's psychiatrist, who after some pressure reveals that Candice had dreams of being Marilyn Monroe in a previous life.

With more than its share of homages and references to the past, "Nobody Else but You" is definitely a movie like they just don't make anymore, that of a shaggy detective in a beatup car running down a mystery in engagingly offbeat fashion. Castle notwithstanding, I usually don't like writers as protagonists but here it works well as I like Rousseau. Plus, the movie gets more sympathy for Marilyn Monroe than any more direct or saner approach would do, even if the movie spells things out a little too forcefully.(And it's a nice touch that somebody says that Candice reminds him of Ann Baxter.) But while the mystery's resolution is lacking, the movie does end on a perfectly bittersweet note.
zafmonkey
April 9, 2013
Nobody Else You connects the stories of a journalist who finds his muse in a recently murdered woman who thought she was the reincarnate of Marilyn Monroe. Sophie Quinton gives a great seductive and insecure performance that perfectly captures the spirit of Monroe.
Earth Giant
April 7, 2013
Written and directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, "Nobody Else But You - Poupoupidou)" is one of the most intriguing and enjoyable movies I've seen in some time. The posters promise a hint of "Twin Peaks" and lots of the Coen Bros., but I also detected a dash of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Swedish version) and, as was the intent, a very nice serving of Marilyn Monroe. Thanks for that to Sophie Quinton who, as local weathergirl and cheese advertising model Candice Lecoeur, channels the film icon nicely.

Jean Paul Rouve stars as David Rousseau, a successful crime novelist with a case of writer's block. He arrives in the girl's hometown of Mouthe, on the French-Swiss border, the exact day that the local starlet is found dead in the snow, an apparent drug-overdose suicide. The scene where her body is discovered in a pristine field of snow on the edge of a dark evergreen forest is superbly filmed, and sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Rousseau's investigatory instincts come into play at once as he decides that all is not as it seems, and he sees in the case a chance to revive his literary inspiration. Here too another cinematic echo is introduced... any one familiar with the classic film noir "Laura" will guess immediately that our protagonist is soon to fall in love with "the unattainable woman."

The links to MM come fast and furious, including visual tributes, and it's fun sussing them out, even though a few are telegraphed. The scene where Candice plays with a paddleball on a string in front of a group of men (Misfits) is a particular delight. The investigation is paced nicely - the more we learn, the more we want to know. Minor characters are introduced and all contribute to a totally satisfying package. I'll mention in particular Clara Ponsot as the Goth receptioniste who brings a touch of heat to the writer's frigid hotel (the boiler is busted), and Guillaume Gouix as a young assistant policeman who decides to give Rousseau some timely assistance.

The dénoument is surprising but satisfying and I was left with an interior smile, knowing that I had been titillated, stroked, challenged and satisfied by a new filmmaker with great style and a love of the art. I look forward to more from M. Hustache-Mathieu... highly recommended.
December 12, 2012
This movie was a fantastic mystery with comic elements and a surprising story line. Thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the unfolding plot.
December 5, 2012
Reliable thriller wherein most of the thrills come from Candice's erotic self-obsession with Marilyn. The French Alpine countryside contributes almost as many nice visuals as Quinton in the lead role, but Candice remains almost the sole source of warmth in this otherwise decidedly cool place. Ample citations from other films, such as Candice's title as Belle de Jura aligning her with Deneuve's Belle de Jour, but the reference to Fellini's Amarcord seems a non sequitur, but perhaps that was its point. Worth a watch.
October 23, 2012
Cute, but not smart.
June 2, 2012
A movie that lockes you into the life of a girl with a dream bigger than her...
May 7, 2012
This is one for film fans to hunt out. An odd French film about a crime writer tripping over (almost literally) a death and finding inspiration through investigating the background.
OK, so far, so ho-hum... but add in a touch of the Coen Brothers and a dollop in Twin Peaks and you'll find a film that just makes you want to keep watching.
Jordan W
April 8, 2012
"Poupoupidou" begins with a series of close-up images of a beautiful blonde woman in a wispy white dress. She looks like Marilyn Monroe, and as she sings a seductive, raspy rendition of "I Put a Spell On You," she sounds like Monroe too.

From the opening scene, the film put a spell on me and I was immediately sucked into writer/director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu's darkly comic noir about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the blonde woman's death.

David Rousseau (Jean-Paul Rouve) is a writer of detective novels -- the sort James Ellroy writes. On a visit to Mouthe, the coldest city in France, to collect a small inheritance, Rousseau also is looking for inspiration for a new book he is writing. He finds inspiration on the TV in his motel room, in a news story about the apparent suicide of a local celebrity known by her stage name, Candice Lecoeur (Sophie Quinton).

After doing some research, Rousseau finds Lecoeur is famous in the snowy town as the face model for "Belle de Jura" cheese, and for provocatively presenting the weather forecast on the local news. While trying to penetrate the mysterious circumstances surrounding Lecoeur's death, Rousseau becomes a detective much like the one in his novels. He discovers her real name was Martine Langevin, and soon decides to break into her house where he finds the key to unlocking her story: Her diaries.

During Rousseau's continuing investigation into her death, Martine reads the diaries in voiceover as we are shown key events in her volatile life. Rousseau also begins to notice eerie similarities between Martine and Marilyn Monroe, the least of which being that she told her friend and therapist (Arsinée Khanjian) she believed herself to be the reincarnation of the infamous star.

Although Hustache-Mathieu's method for revealing Lecoeur's past comes off as clunky at times, restricting our ability to identify with her on a deeper level, his script is sharp and surprising enough to keep the film interesting. His music choices reveal an acute influence of American cinema, as we are treated to songs such as a slowed down, acoustic version of "California Dreamin'" and the opening rendition of "I Put a Spell on You."

The American influence doesn't stop there. Throughout the film, Hustache-Mathieu pays tribute not just to Monroe, but also to the Monroe myth and the controversial nature of her death. Toying around with coincidence and fate, and blending in pitch-black humor, the director brings together a string of seemingly improbable events which amount to a stunning final act where several crucial misunderstandings lead to inevitable results-inevitable because we already know Lecoeur will die in the end. Knowing the "what" of the ending makes the "how" all the more interesting and unpredictable, but also, in a peculiar way, sweeter.

"Poupoupidou" was screened early this month at the 20th Annual French Film Festival at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Va. Quinton was scheduled to attend the screening, but unfortunately could not make it due to family issues that came up. Her performance in the film is very good, but leaves more to be desired. The format of her scenes being told through diary entries is partially to blame, but on the other hand, much of what made Monroe so intriguing to the public was her off-camera mystique.

A lot of what makes the film really work is the subtle, quirky performance by Rouve as the detective novelist cum detective. His reactions to the strangeness of the small snowy town and its characters are what drive the movie forward so well. Through Rousseau, the film cleverly observes the public's fixation with celebrities, and the consequences of stardom on the stars, and on the people who surround them.
CinemaBuff
October 12, 2011
The American title for this film is: Nobody Else But You. It is a fantastic original film.
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