Portraits Chinois (1996)




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In this comedy, layers and layers of personal lies provide the glue that holds a trendy, shallow group of Parisians together. The story centers on Ada, a deeply indebted, but promising young fashion designer who has just purchased an apartment with her lover and holds a housewarming party to celebrate. The bulk of the story unfolds episodically as assorted neurotic characters come to call and begin to intermingle.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Yvan Attal
as Yves
Miki Manojlovic
as Alphonse
Jean-Claude Brialy
as Rene Sandre
Michel Amphoux
as Herve Duru
Michele Atlani
as Young Girl
Pierre Baillot
as Mr. Verdoux
Jean Barney
as Presenter
Pierre Ballot
as Monsieur Verdoux
Elena Barquilla
as Cocktail Model
Clara Bellar
as Salesgirl In Second Boutique
Raphael Bernard
as Christian
Yves Boonen
as Director
Marie Chevaller
as Clarie Destours
Stephanie Cohen
as Salesgirl In First Boutique
Caroline DeMaigret
as Catwalk Model
Francis Dore
as Producer
Joseph Falcucci
as Locksmith
Beatrice Dumas Fournier
as Lise's Mother
Gayle Freed
as Catwalk Model
Mathias Honore
as Loubard
Frederic Hulne
as Producer
Mika Ichinohe
as Catwalk Model
Kim Inglinsky
as Catwalk Model
Karine Isambert
as Catwalk Model
Jacques LeCarpenter
as Lise's Father
Laurence Ledantec
as Make-Up Artist
Morgane Maugran
as Champs-Elysees Model
Katia Mechera
as Emilia
Laly Melgnan
as Salesgirl In Second Boutique
Marin Mimica
as Catwalk Model
Antoinette Moya
as Christine Perridoux
Tatiana Nikiforova
as Catwalk Model
Laurence Noris
as Catwalk Model
Paula Ospins
as Catwalk Model
Zoe Ouvrier
as Cocktail Model
Karine Roussel
as Young Lise
An Marina Slacey
as Catwalk Model
Jovanka Sopalovic
as Champs-Elysees Model
Lea Vigny
as Salesgirl In First Boutique
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Critic Reviews for Portraits Chinois

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Talky French comedy is like Woody Allen with an accent -- but minus the laughs.

Full Review… | September 9, 2004

Typically brooding, complex French relationship movie, but who knew Bonham Carter could pass for Gallic?

May 23, 2003

The various lovers in this French film learn that their relationships need pruning, watering, and weeding.

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

These snapshots, if not portraits, of arty Parsian yuppies are worth a look.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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August 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for Portraits Chinois

This started out a bit slowly, and the subtitles were sometimes hard to read, but ended up being a decent story.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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