This is a truly exquisite film that's every part humorous as it is tragic. My only criticism lies in its lack of availability in the UK, having relied on dubious streaming sites to watch it in lieu of anything better. Adélé Haenel is utterly fantastic – I particularly adored her banter during the ultrasound scene – though everyone here played their part to absolute perfection, so it's a bit unfair to play favourites.
A film that's fun made by someone who looks like an artist? Of course I love this. Though I think it would've been even better if either 30-40 minutes were removed or added. It's also my favourite kind of film, I think; the kind where the acting must be perfect but the movie wouldn't work without it's cinematography. Also fun to have a young-ish director whose films I will from now on look forward to.
As bracing and irritating as immersive theatre in real life! The scene in which one of the performers is "sold", then following her into the romantic engagement that follows, could have been a short film in-and-of itself and was a masterpiece of dialogue and acting. The song over the credits however sounded horrifyingly like The Millionaires!
One of the best movies I've seen in a very long time. I felt I knew all the characters even those the film spends very little time on. I understood their hopes and dreams and the realities of life that had brought them to this point in time. Funny. Sad. Touching. Infuriating. The gamut of emotions one feels, hating those we love and welcoming them back with open arms and an open heart.
The film is so sincere and powerful in its conveying the feelings, the drama. I think it is because the director has chosen to tell the story she knows best. I have learnt from another commentator that she herself grew up with a travelling troupe together with her father and sister. I am eager to watch her other works.
Wonderful second film from director Lea Fehner that follows a gypsy like theatrical troupe performing Chekhov submersing us into their not so conventional family atmosphere. Scripting is excellent (Fehner, Catherine Paille and Brigitte Sy) as is the wonderful troupe of actors performing here especially Marion Bouvarel and Francois Fehner. Brings to mind the work of Tony Gatlif amongst others.
A travelling theatre troupe mix great affection with great cruelty in their dealings with one another, revealing the highs and lows of life on the road, and strained personal relationships that could ultimately lead to the end of the show. This is a lively, intriguing, film that allows a great cast to make the most of a fine script.
After a really nice and promising first hour, it seems like this overlong and irritating movie simply decides to try our patience with insufferable characters who yell and fight nearly all the time: the women being mostly weak and hysterical while the men are despicable and odious. http://www.filmotrope.com
Great stuff! An aura of verisimilitude hangs over this one - i had to look up Léa Fehner's pedigree afterwards, sure enough she grew up with a travelling troupe and it stars her father and sister. Some great scenes, about an hour's worth of arguments, but bawdy, lawless, colourful fun mixed up with a large dose of melancholy.