Victoria is a thirty-something divorced lawyer who’s struggling to raise her two daughters. She is canny and cynical but on the verge of an emotional breakdown. At a friend’s wedding she reconnects with Vincent, an old friend, and Sam, an old client. Her life is about to take a new turn.
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French films seem to have that unique capacity that no other films have: they are real. Not only they're real; they make me feel real. Like the story could actually be about me. Real people, real dialogues, no poetic bullshit, just simple as simple sentences are. That's why they fuck with our emotions so much. (and thank you for letting me dance to "The Look" in the theater)
La victoire de Victoria. Le succès et la consécration artistique d'une nouvelle créatrice cinématographique: Justine Triet. L'épanouissement de Lacoste. La bande sonore avec The Look de Metronomy avant et dans le générique de début du film. Poupaud. Le dalmatien possessif. Le singe qui applaudit et prend des selfies. L'humour, les larmes, le drame, la comédie. Il y en a un peu de tout là dedans. Heureusement.
Cesar nominee 'Victoria' reps a solid vehicle for the under used Virginie Efira who shines throughout this well scripted effort from director Justine Triet. Her lived in portrayal of a single mom and lawyer registers solidly with nary a misstep in its just right runtime. The male characters however seem under written or vindictive which may just rep a nice gender change in scripting norms. Well worth a look.
I was tricked into watching a Rom-Com. Despite whatever twists or turns it provides, it still follows the formula. Some of the wacky had no purpose whatsoever. A dog testifying at a trial? How kooky! Where were the kittens and ducks?
Some hilarious scenes here: the bedfellow declaiming about his extra-sensitivity to women's feelings, as she has a panic attack; the "Handsome Paris Intellectual" having an existential crisis; the defendant worrying that he seems bland at the trial; the ex-husband arguing that he has an imagination... Excellent job of showing how everyone operates on their own wavelength and within their own narrow depth of field.
3 1/2 * yes, it's a romcom, but a pretty damned good one, as the titular heroine (this month's candidate for woman of my dreams (single dude watching!) flailingly tries to navigate the rough waters of thirtysomething life...favorite line....as the babysitter tries to take an i-pad from Vic's daughters hands, the little girl screams "let go, it's my body!" sorry, but that's comic gold for an online luddite....
So many people wrapped in their own cocoons of issues, unable to hear another, even in bed. You can almost hear their internal monologues, blocking off any sounds from outside. Having two people finally connect is a miracle in this movie.
Proves how wonderful the French are and always will be at making films. I adored it!!!! This Lawyer had many young men and boy toys also taking care of her little Girls!! That is true Feminism. And the men or boys were not like in North America viewed as pedophiles just for babysitting!!! I babysat successfully and wonderfully. I wish I had won her heart in the End. It would be a Dream come True for me.