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Movie Review: Look at Me

Alternate Title: Enough About You, Let's Talk About ME!

Story: If you like to watch self-indulgent, self-important, self-absorbed, pompous Parisians up on the big screen, then check out this latest film by husband and wife team, Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri (writers, director and stars). We meet characters that are easily recognizable regardless of country of origin.

A successful writer is adored (think rock star status) in Paris and people just want to be near his orbit. His overweight, whiney 20 year old daughter is correctly suspicious of everyone who wants to be near her figuring they just want to be closer to her father. Some of the other characters include the author's second, younger wife and five year old daughter who are treated as objects, a morose, soon to be successful author, his music teacher wife, who also wants to be near the shining celebrity of the successful author and a pathetic assistant to the celebrity. The only character that has a modicum of humanity is the young Muslim, who is passing as white.

With all that said there were some exceptional things about the film. The acting is terrific, the sets are real and the dialogue is believable. My biggest gripe was that I simply did not give a damn about any of these people.

Acting: Agnes Jaoui is both beautiful and talented as the music teacher. Jean-Pierre-Bacri is wonderfully despicable as the celebrity author. Marilou Berry as the overweight daughter hits the nail on the head as a whiney, woe is me,daughter.

Predilection: None.

Food:You would think there would have been more food in a French film, but alas there was not much gourmet stuff up on the big screen.

Blatant Product Placement: Ilford photo paper.

Soundtrack: Who could have a problem with some of the classical tunes by Handel, Mozart and Bach?

Opening Titles: Don't remember a thing.

Theater Audience: A handful of people.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I wanted to slap some of the characters around to shake them up.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: I wish I had given a hoot about anyone, but perhaps that was the point of the film.

Big Screen or Rental: Neither. But there are a whole lot of films about dysfunctional families out there if you are interested in that genre.

Length: Too long at 100 minutes.