Average Rating: 4.1/10
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Release Date: Aug 11, 2008 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Acclaimed filmmaker Diane Kurys pays homage to another French woman of the arts in this screen biography of internationally celebrated writer Francoise Sagan. As the film opens, it's 1954 and Sagan (played by Sylvie Testud), still in her teens, has become a literary celebrity overnight with the success of her first novel Bonjour Tristesse. Sagan is enjoying the high life with her close friends Jacques (Pierre Palmade) and Bernard (Lionel Abelanski), while spending her royalties on liquor, sports
Aug 11, 2008 Wide
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[The film] traps Françoise in a film so bland you would think it was depicting the lives of Isaac Funk and Adam Wagnalls and their attempts to publish a cheap, yet informative, encyclopedia.
This biopic, from respected film maker Diane Kurys gives Sylvie Testud a chance to channel this witty, amusing woman and let us think about her life. But it bustles along so fast my sympathy was only intermittently engaged.
If Sagan is an underappreciated literary icon as the filmmakers imply, they've failed to restore her memory any glory with this underwhelming, uninspiring portrait.
To reference the other Sagan, this movie is something of a black hole. Then again, it wasn't conceived as a movie.
Edited down from its original incarnation as a two-part TV mini-series, the film in memory becomes a series of scenes with Sagan staggering about dropping drunken bons mots. Nothing can redeem this laughable material.
What really damns it as literary biography is that it gives you little incentive to go back to her books.
It is with a sense of mere interested detachment that you learn about Sagan?s lovelorn, reckless existence.
The problem with this film is that it tries to puddle-jump her life in a series of many chapters that, ironically, combine to deliver an incomplete picture of the person
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