Look at Me (2005)



Critic Consensus: An observant drama-comedy about self absorption.

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A talented woman struggles to get out from under the shadow of her father in this comedy. Lolita (Marilou Berry) is the 20-year-old daughter of Étienne Cassard (Jean-Pierre Bacri), a wealthy and well-known editor and writer, and most of the people she meets seem to be more interested in her dad than in her; her zaftig figure doesn't help her self-esteem much, either. Lolita is a gifted singer and has been studying with a voice coach, Sylvia (Agnès Jaoui); however, as it turns out, Sylvia has a husband, Pierre (Laurent Grévill), who is a novelist and hopes that Cassard might be willing to help him get his new book into print and onto bookstore shelves. The great writer seems to take a cavalier attitude toward nearly everyone around him, though, including his wife, Karine (Virginie Desarnauts). Lolita strikes up a friendship with a young man named Sebastien (Keine Bouhiza) which seems to be leading to romance, but when Lolita learns that Sebastien wants to become a writer, she finds herself wondering if he really wants her, or just an introduction to her dad. Jaoui, who plays Sylvia, also directed Comme une Image (aka Look at Me) and co-wrote the screenplay.
PG-13 (for brief language and a sexual reference)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Marilou Berry
as Lolita Cassard
Jean-Pierre Bacri
as Etienne Cassard
Agnès Jaoui
as Sylvia Millet
Laurent Grevill
as Pierre Millet
Virginie Desarnauts
as Karine Cassard
Keine Bouhiza
as Sebastien/Rachid
Jacques Boko
as Bouncer
Yves Verhoeven
as Onlooker 1
Samir Guesmi
as Onlooker 2
Bob Zaremba
as Guy Who Is Seen Everywhere
Roberta Kiehl
as Conservatoire Pianist
Joan-Baptiste Blanc
as Conservatoire Singer
Zelie Berger
as Mathieu's Friend in the Cafe
Camille Dereux
as Pretty Singer
Henri Boyer
as Pianist at Pierre and Sylvia's
Guillaume Huet
as Nicolas
Elodie Clairin
as Waitress in Etienne's Restaurant
Bernard Blancan
as Waiter in the Village Cafe
Sebastien Andrieu
as Young Man Who Looks at Sylvia
Marie Sarrasin
as Young Girl Who Mathieu Kisses
Philippe Tran
as Waiter in Edith/Sylvia's Restaurant
Erick Desmarestz
as New Teacher
Didier Brice
as New Teacher's Assistant
Olivier Doran
as Francois Galland
Catherine Morin
as Woman in the Ad
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Critic Reviews for Look at Me

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (34)

The pleasure of the film, as in many French films from Renoir to Rohmer, is in the exactitude of observation, the accuracy of the portrait and the elegance of the writing.

May 26, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Both an implicit protest against the blindness of power and an equally fervent protest against the acquiescence of men and women who are too weak or too compromised to stand up for themselves -- that is, most people.

May 21, 2005
New Yorker
Top Critic

At best, a most watchable character study of lives that are more interesting than compelling.

May 13, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

[Has] a light, sometimes hilarious touch.

May 6, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Jaoui sets her wryly observant sights on family, artistic ambition and the tyranny of physical appearance, and the result is a bright, briskly moving film whose modest scale belies the universality of its themes.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

An overrated mound of misery.

April 29, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Look at Me

This is about a girl's relationship with her father, who is a famous and wealthy writer. Lolita can't get her father's attention, since he is too self-absorbed to notice her. Most people in her life seem to use Lolita to find a way to meet her father. Her self-esteem is eroded further by being a bit overweight and her beautiful young stepmother. This movie shows human relationships as they are.

Juli Ryan
Juli Ryan

Super Reviewer


Not the best to come out of the French cinema lately but not a bad Sunday afternoon flick to think about self image.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

considering this script was a winner at the 2004 Cannes film festival, my expectations for this 'comedy' were much higher than this film's execution. finely acted, wonderfully self-absorbed characters, good script, but something was lost in the translation.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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