Antoine et Antoinette (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Antoine et Antoinette
The film walks an evocative line between realism and fantasy, capturing the energetic effervescence of the City of Light and showing how it complements the unbreakable bond between our impassioned heroes.
Becker valued what he called "dead time," the little moments in life when nothing seems to be happening and in which people reveal themselves most fully.
The director Jacques Becker laces this snappy, sentimental comic melodrama, from 1947, with streetwise details, from the stress and danger of factory work to the wiles of philandering housewives.
An oddly pedestrian monotony runs through Antoine and Antoinette -- a perceptible touch of stiffness in both the action and the idea.
It bubbles with an optimistic portrait of a happily married young couple, and a lively gallery of supporting characters worthy of a Preston Sturges farce.
The thin plot revolves around a desperate search for a lost lottery ticket.
Audience Reviews for Antoine et Antoinette
Antoine(Roger Pigaut) works for a printer, where aside from making his quota, so he can enjoy the weekend, he also tries to help his co-workers when possible. He also brings home surplus books that his boss gives him. His wife Antoinette(Claire Maffei), a department store clerk, shares them with her friends and co-workers. Together, they dream of owning a motorcycle and sidecar, but apparently no kids, while barely making ends meet.
While it might seem odd at first that Jacques Becker who is mostly remembered for crackerjack crime movies also made a comedy, "Antoine et Antoinette" also proved that he had a sure hand with this genre, too, especially with the great chemistry between the two leads. Ironically, he also made it in the style of his crime movies, with plenty of suspense, which would not work for everyone.(Especially Hitchcock whose sense of humor was too morbid for such a sensitive undertaking.) That's even with no crime in the story, outside of lots of sexual harassment which is thankfully never winked at. While the movie is also very carefully plotted, it is also at times a little far-fetched. Near the climax, one of the characters even points out the coincidence but it's not a huge one if one thinks about it.
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