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Disappointing work of Klapisch, full of cliches and technical errors. Waste of time.
Very dramatic even for its genre as the story progresses in an even fashion to reach an anticipated and quite unsatisfying ending. The performances however were profound especially that of the lead actress but unfortunate the slow and dull ending failed to give the movie a good rating.
Pas tenu plus de 25 min. Bouleversant de platitude et de clichés. Le jeu d'acteur fait mal aux dents. À éviter.
Another quite good and non-formulaic french movie. This one is about an out-of-work single mother who just lost her job at a factory (which has been closed due to company outsourcing to Asia) and made a suicide attempt. She recovers and finds a nanny job with a wealthy stock-trader in Paris who turns out to be the very person who crashed her company's future for a quick profit. Interesting tension for sure.
In "My Piece of the Pie," everything is coming up roses for Stephane(Gilles Lellouche), an investment banker, as he is promised a huge promotion in the future. That's not to mention his making time with Tessa(Marine Vacth), a beautiful supermodel. By comparison, his new maid, France(Karin Viard), had been laid off from work in Dunkirk, suffered a nervous breakdown, attempted suicide, failed at running a free day care center before moving to Paris, leaving her three kids behind in the care of relatives.
There are some neat things about "My Piece of the Pie" like its attempt to say something meaningful about class and the informative lecture about buying and selling stocks. Otherwise, the movie has no idea what it really wants to be, as it is all over the map, both geographically and story wise. For example, the sequence in Venice is supposed to establish Stephane's lack of commitment but instead comes off as something much creepier. There is also a dance number set to "Pretty Woman," with all of the implications that the song now carries.(On the other hand, bonus points for the Serge Gainsbourg song.) And while the ending is meant to be celebratory in a corny sort of way, it is to be honest quite frightening.
After a 20 year employment at a company comes to a screeching halt, a hardworking single mother finds herself struggling to piece together the remains of a failed suicide attempt. She ironically ends up finding a job cleaning the house of the man responsible for her current state and as time is spent with him, we begin to find out who he really is. My Piece Of The Pie was a good movie which explores the complications of socioeconomic hierarchies and the mindsets which accompany them.
Among the top 3 worst movies I've ever seen.
First film by Klapisch that goes beyond the problems of young urbanites. I liked how this film focused on the difference between the average working people in France compared to the wealthy CEO class
Karin Viard's presence is welcome in any film, and here it goes a long way to making My Piece of the Pie as good as it is. As a recently retrenched factory worker who scores a job as a cleaner for an unscrupulous stock broker, she breathes heart and soul into the role and effortlessly flicks from comedy to drama. The story itself looks like its going to go down any number of social commentary and romcom roads. To its credit, it succeeds in avoiding predictability. Its unfortunate though that instead it paints itself into a corner which it can't get out of.
Great movie. The quote that summarizes it all: France - "Apparement il faut que j'accepte que je vais mal." Une Amie - "Salut France ca va?" France - "Oui, ca va tres bien."