Mary Poppins Returns
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Jacquot makes a persuasive case for a return to the story, with a scowling, watchful Lea Seydoux in the role of a scheming chambermaid.
Worth seeing as another entry in the rise of Léa Seydoux, a star of Gallic charisma if ever I've seen one.
The immediate effect Jacquot achieves, with quiet droll and some considerable dread, is bracing.
Unfolding elliptically, the new film can feel abrupt and unsatisfying, but it's filled with sharp commentary on class and servitude, and [Seydoux] delivers another extraordinary performance.
Rather than gain speed and power in its final act, as Joseph's design comes into play, the movie stalls.
Has serious narrative glitches and a shaky timeline, but at least it is true to the bitterly misanthropic spirit of Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel about masters and servants.
It would be easy to turn Célestine into a heroine whom everyone could admire and easily identify with. [Director Benoît] Jacquot is after something more complicated
It's one of the bitterest dramas of Seydoux's less-than-saccharine career.
Diary of a Chambermaid would make a decent first act to a television miniseries. As a film, it ends in an unfortunate whimper.
A bracingly nasty piece of work, contrasting brutishness at the bottom and condescension from the top.
Jacquot expertly combines the mores of the 1900 novel and the mid-20th Century films with today's world and the result is a thought-provoking film that leaves the viewer contemplating what they have just seen. Seydoux is outstanding.
For a film that's ostensibly about passion, it feels particularly stunted.
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