Folies Bergère (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Folies Bergère
If Alexander Payne had been born in Normandy rather than Nebraska, he might have made a film like "Paris Follies.
Isabelle Huppert impresses as a middle-aged farmer's wife who decides to treat herself to three days in Paris.
The film is given life by its superb acting, in particular Huppert's beautifully subtle and textured performance (watch for the great, silent scene at a window near the end).
Innocent and light, one wishes every affair would end as easy and delicately as the one Fitoussi proposes. [Full Review in Spanish]
I suppose you'd call it a slight film, but slightness is its virtue.
Audience Reviews for Folies Bergère
Good slice of life film about a long married couple. I enjoyed the parts set in Paris and the little journey taken by Brigitte. Not quite sure about the cheating aspect, but that aside, quite nice to see the end conclusion.
French delicacy. Isabelle Huppert is the star, and the camera leaves her only to display the best of Paris streets and classy amusements, alternating with provincial charm and prize French agriculture. As if it were the most natural thing in the world, a happy but slightly bored farmer's wife seeks a little mild adventure in the capital, telling her husband that she is going for a doctor's appointment. Huppert balances her business-minded, Charolais prize-winner, living the rural idyll, with the woman's desire for new interest, and her willingness to show fire, to flirt and be seduced though, it must be said, only with charm and style. This is supplied by the equally married Danish periodontist, played musically by the mystic-eyed Michael Nyqvist, who dresses immaculately, persists delightfully, and whose lovely hands might have been sculpted by a Romantic artist. The French twist comes when the doughty farm labourer, a wise philosopher and counsel who missed his vocation, lights the farmer's way back to his wife. It goes without saying that everything in this film is perfectly made, with not a frame, a word or a gesture out of place, and the acting is no exception. Even the massive, white Charolais are students of the emotions, with a sense of humour. This is, in fact, more like a painting than a film. It's about living in the moment. Go, and float adrift for a couple of hours.
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