Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Low-key to a fault, Let It Rain blends subtle political commentary with smart, thoroughly French comedy.

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Agathe Villanova is a self-centered, workaholic feminist politician who, upon reluctantly returning to her home in the south of France to sort out her mother's affairs, runs for a local election. Upon her arrival, Agathe grudgingly agrees to take part in a documentary being made by the blundering duo of Karim, an aspiring filmmaker, and self-professed "reporter" Michel, on the subject of "successful women." As Agathe's life hilariously unravels, the camera is there to capture it all.

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Cast

Jean-Pierre Bacri
as Michel Ronsard
Anne Werner
as Séverine
Laurent Jarroir
as Guillaume
Jean-Claude Baudracco
as Ernest, le paysan
Luc Palun
as Didier, le paysan
Marc Betton
as Producer
Bernard Nissille
as Man at Baptism
Bernard Nissile
as Man at Baptism
Danièle Douet
as Rodolphe's Mother
Sacha Rousselet
as Florence's Child
Sonam Roussel
as Florence's Child
Victoria Cohen
as Agathe as a Child
Morgane Kerhousse
as Florence as a Child
Mimouna Arab
as Young Mimouna
Isabelle Devaux
as Villanova Fother
Antoine Garceau
as Villanova Father
Jacques Rebouillat
as Patron of the Hotel Karim
Amélie Bardon
as Aurélie's Friend at Church
Sarah Barrau
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie)

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (16)

Not a laugh riot, but neither is it played for melodrama.

July 23, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's graceful in presenting its ideas, and what emerges is not a polemic but a kind of snapshot of modern-day concerns.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

At times Let It Rain recalls one of those Katharine Hepburn comedies where the New Woman gets cut down to size so as not to intimidate the Old-School Men. Yet the film so likably deflates the pompous and pumps up the humble that it's hard not to like.

Full Review… | July 1, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The character conflicts are so decorously handled that after a while the whole enterprise begins to seem more like a good waiter than a good story.

Full Review… | July 1, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Beautifully strange and affecting...

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Refreshingly (for American audiences, anyway), everyone in "Let It Rain" has genuinely good intentions.

Full Review… | June 23, 2010
indieWIRE
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie)

½

A gentle tone, likeable characters, rural locations and unassuming narrative belies explorations on feminism, racism, misogyny and fidelity to name a few. Funny largely without being "laugh-out-loud" funny, and dramatic without being melodramatic, the film is satisfying and quietly moving and shows the universal truth that although most people want to change, few do, and when they do, it's in small gestures and kindnesses.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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½

Imagine a famous feminist – say, Gloria Steinem – sitting down to do a serious interview about her life’s work with two filmmakers. But there’s a catch: Her interrogators turn out to be Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell. How you react to that scenario will likely color your view of "Let It Rain," a French comedy from writer-director Agnes Jaoui. Is this movie a satire, in which an uppity woman receives her well-deserved comeuppance? Well … yes. Is it social commentary that underscores the kind of obstacles, ignorance, and frustration a serious person must leap-frog to effect meaningful change? Yup, that too. In "Let It Rain," Jaoui, who also stars as best-selling author and feminist Agathe Villanova, straddles the fence between heavy and light, but she never falls off because her main concern is people, not ideology. The relatives and locals Agathe copes with on a visit to her hometown are largely indifferent (or hostile) to her cause, certainly. But isn’t Agathe also a bit full of herself? Jaoui fixes this imbalance by subjecting Agathe to one slapstick situation after another, usually at the hands of those inept filmmakers. Everyone else in the film is down-to-earth and friendly, you bet. But don’t they all owe something to people like Agathe, people who don’t just complain but actually accomplish things? Isn’t Agathe really an island of common sense among fools and dreamers? There is a scene near the end of the film in which Agathe has a heart-to-heart with Mimouna, the saintly, long-suffering family servant who thinks only of others, despite major problems of her own. “Think of yourself. Just a little,” counsels Agathe. Does Mimouna’s rejection of this advice make her an exemplary human being – or just a sap? There’s a lot of chat in "Let It Rain," and its ending is a bit pat, but the dialogue is never less than amusing, the characters are all engaging, and the acting is first-rate. Jaoui wants you think – but only between the laughs.

Grouchy Editor
Grouchy Editor
½

Lovely mixture of measured character detail--blessedly free of melodrama--very nice choice of soundtrack, unexpected turns, but at the end of the day, probably most appreciated by those who understand French.

Claudine Jones
Claudine Jones

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