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Bancs publics (Versailles rive droite) (Park Benches) (2009)

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Directed by Bruno Podalydès (who helmed the "Montmartre" segment of the omnibus Paris, I Love You), Bancs Publics chronicles three intersecting stories in the city of Versailles: an office worker who hangs a banner reading "Lonely Man" beneath his window, the feuding families and couples in a busy town square, and the employees and customers of a local shop. This sprawling and droll exploration of the estrangement of modern life boasts a star-studded supporting cast that features a veritable who's who of French cinema, including Olivier Gourmet, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, Chiara Mastroianni, Hippolyte Girardot, Pierre Arditi, and the grande dame herself, Catherine Deneuve.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bruno Podalydès, Olivia Basset
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On DVD: Jul 26, 2011
Runtime:
UGC Distribution - Official Site

Cast

Florence Muller
as Lucy, the Secretary
Ridan
as Singer on Metro
Catherine Deneuve
as Customer with Armoir...
Benoît Poelvoorde
as Customer with Coat H...
Mathieu Amalric
as Father with Pram
Pierre Arditi
as Monsieur Borelly
Michel Aumont
as Backgammon Player
Josiane Balasko
as Solange Renivelle
Jérôme Paret
as Guitar Player
Laure Calamy
as Opportune
Estelle Chailloux
as Fairy in Video
Robin Londinsky
as Presenter on Video
Manuel LeLievre
as Small Courier
Olivier Gourmet
as Maurice Begeard
Patrick Ligardes
as Paul, the Salesman
Pierre Guinot-Deléry
as Customer with Mixing...
Blandine Lenoir
as Colleague
Manuel Le Lièvre
as Le Petit Coursier
Pierre Diot
as Strict Employee
Ange Ruzé
as Young Employee
Eric Prat
as Building Resident
Micheline Dax
as Philosophical Neighb...
Bernard Campan
as Suspicious Neighbor
Auguste Yvan
as Child of Suspicious ...
Julie Depardieu
as Wife of Suspicious N...
Agathe Natanson
as Neighbor With Pressu...
Olivia Machon
as Colleague
Olivier Deparis
as Colleague
Aude Chrétien
as Colleague
Claude Rich
as Backgammon Player
Nicole Garcia
as Woman on Radio
Simon Bakhouche
as Convalescent Man
Lou-Nil Font
as Man with iPod
Agathe Lebourdonnec
as Woman with iPod
Stéphanie Cléau
as Mother with Pram
Françoise Gillard
as Pinpin's Mother
Catherine Rich
as Young Grandmother
Andréane Brézillon
as Bastien's Sister
Christine de Neves d...
as Woman with Bilberry
Chiara Mastroianni
as Marianne's Mother/Wo...
Emmanuelle Devos
as Arthur's Mother
Lucile Aimard
as Female Teen with Gra...
Marc Averseng
as Male Teen with Grave...
Jean-Noël Brouté
as Digger/Man with Whee...
Isabelle Candelier
as Young Woman Leaving
Didier Tronchet
as Policeman
Cécile Bouillot
as Policewoman
Pierre Vander-Meiren
as Child on Airplane
Babacar Seck
as Leaf Blower
Éva Redon
as Little Girl with Boo...
Anne-Françoise Brill...
as Woman with Newspaper
Stephane Batut
as Firmin's Father
Philippe Uchan
as Customer from Forest
?lodie Huber
as Girl With Wallpaper
Pascal Legitmus
as Customer from Beuck ...
Guilaine Londez
as Mother with Wallpape...
Ariane Pirié
as Customer with Plug
Pascal Légitimus
as Customer From Beuck ...
Dominique Parent
as Customer with Pink N...
Amira Casar
as Customer with Pipe
Michael Lonsdale
as Customer with Doorma...
Bruno Solo
as Customer with Screws
Christophe Beaucarne
as Customer with Sporge...
Géraldine Fréry
as Wife of Customer wit...
Gabin Lefebvre
as Child of Customer wi...
Georges Labbouz
as Customer with Saws
Roger Roka
as Surface Technician
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½

The messy and amiable "Park Benches" is the kind of movie that shows why god created film editors in the first place.

It all starts off innocently enough as Lucie(Florence Muller) commutes to work where she does little except play Pac Man when her supervisor is not looking. And that's before her and her colleagues Pascale(Chantal Lauby) and Amandine(Emeline Bayart) notice a banner across the way that says "Solitary Man." So, while Solange(Josiane Balasko), on her last day before retirement, is distracted, they go to investigate, before Borelly(Pierre Arditi), a company executive, shows up.

And that's the first section which is pleasant enough. And then the movie shifts to a park where a wide variety of characters interact. That would have been fine for an interlude, if not for...

...the hardware store in a sequence that goes on forever. Making matters worse, it only serves the movie's limited ambitions to tell quick jokes before moving on, sort of like "Laugh In," which it references, with cameos from the likes of Mathieu Amalric, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Gourmet, Emmanuelle Devos and Catherine Deneuve. Except none of it is really that funny and is on the order of slapstick or poor Borelly mangling the French language.

Oh, yes, the original mystery is eventually resolved but not to much satisfaction.

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