Tomorrow We Move (2003)
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With her mother(Aurore Clement) moving into her duplex after the death of her father, Charlotte(Sylvie Testud) soon realizes Paris, much less her apartment, is not large enough for the two of them, their furniture and her mother's grand piano from which she gives lessons. So, Charlotte has to go to a cafe to find it quiet enough to concentrate where instead she finds inspiration for the erotic story she has been commissioned to write. And that's also where she meets Samuel(Jean-Pierre Marielle), a realtor, who shows her a studio apartment that she cannot quite commit to.
While the idea of Chantal Akerman making a screwball comedy sounds as weird as Spike Lee directing an episode of "Downton Abbey," the results with her movie "Tomorrow We Move" are actually pretty good as she pulls it off in fine style, keeping events basically moving throughout, especially in an epic open house sequence. It helps of course that she has the perfect actor, Sylvie Testud, to embody her character's neuroses in comic fashion. However, not everything is fun and games and unconventional family structures, as the past keeps rearing its head in an exploration of the fate of the European Jewish diaspora.
Quirky, fun, very French film about a mother and daughter and their odd relationships to men, each other, and real estate. Director Chantal Akerman films like a painter -- the color palette alone tells much of the story, as does music performed live in the film (the mother is a piano teacher). A modest, smartly written, well-acted gem.
This French comedy just tries too hard for laughs. There are some but most are flat. Plus, this film gets quite boring.
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