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Film Review - Rosalie Blum

Rosalie Blum -Noemie Lvovsky
Rosalie Blum directed by Julien Rappenau is for the viewer who simply would like to see a quality, plot driven story without undue negativity, gratuitious violence or mindless action hero CGI effects. Best categorised as a romantic-mystery-comedy, the film has its moments of both hilarity and pathos yet remains firmly grounded in reality. At 96 minutes duration, its expertly crafted with the plotline progressively revealed.

The  story is evenly shared between its two main characters,Vincent (Kyan Khonjandi) and Rosalie (Noemie Lvovsky) with a small ensemble cast in support. Vincent lives a nondescript life running a small hair dressing salon in provincial France. His demanding and somewhat dotty old mother lives in the apartment above his own placing an endless array of demands on her son. It is while doing a shopping errand for his mother that Vincent sets eyes on Rosalie, the owner of a small store and he is instantly drawn to her in a form of deja vu moment. He cannot identify how this familiarity exists so he sets about carrying out clandestine surveillance of her to find a clue however, its not long before Rosalie becomes aware of this activity.  With the assistance of her niece, Aude (Alice Isaaz), her friends, Cecile (Sara Graudeau), Laura (Camille Rutherford)  and Aude's bizarre performance artist roommate,  (Philippe Rebbot) Vincent becomes the unwitting subject of some counter-watching. Is Vincent a madman, serial killer or a harmless quack is the question which Aude and friends seek to discover through a series of very funny circumstances. Vincent also finds the answer he is seeking and along the way unexpectedly finds a direction for his own life.

This is a very good art-house film and strongly recommended for its social observation and uplifting and comical moments.


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