What seems to be a comedy at first glance appears to have a serious undertone as the film slowely continues. A housewife who has more to offer than was asked. Furthermore the story developes in a rather slow pace, without any tension. With particular attention to the 1970s decoration and musical entertainment (including the typography of the start- and endtitles). Nice to have seen it once but no more than that.
François Ozon in cotton candy mode here with a comedy verging on the treacly tho' it does broach some serious issues such as out sourcing and globalization. As for the comedy, its running gag is the free love life style of the parents resulting in a amusing mix of questionable relations between their offspring reaching its peak in son Laurent ditching his girlfriend for her brother who is may his step brother.
Fabulous. Deneuve just gets more beautiful with age. Good to see Ozon making something with a sense of humour again. Great script set in 1977 as a "trophy wife' discovers her true self as she attempts to save the family factory. Good performances all round but truly Denueve's show. And the show stopping finale........wow.
It's so happy and so campy that it's amazing. The production design and the general style make the film very enjoyable. Deneuve is fantastic as a trophy wife who wants to do more that be there for other's enjoyment. The campiness is something that attracts me to Ozon.
Denueve as an umbrella factory heiress leads to some charming echoes of one of her earliest (and one of my favorite) films, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", but that charm is wasted on a film that feels more like a sketch or outline than a fully developed story. The characters are flat and the movie just sort of rolls along through the plot points without ever giving the audience a reason to care.