Love a good French film but this was a little slow for my liking
An abysmal effort - a gab-fest par excellence - all for a puny moral at the end - AVOID
My husband & I watched this French (sub-titled) movie and we found it frustrating yet oddly compelling viewing. Essentially it's about a group of friends who go away together every summer and face the dilemma of to do so again when one of their group is critically injured in a motorcycle accident. They make the decision to go away despite their friend's very severe injuries and throughout the movie I kept asking myself "Why?". The answer becomes obvious as the movie progresses - they are self-indulgent, self-centred, shallow, pleasure-seeking people - and I found it hard to like them at times. I thought some of the characters were a little OTT, but Marion Cottillard did a fine job of her role. By the end of the movie, it becomes apparent that all the characters are flawed despite outward appearances and they are all lying to each other and hiding the truth about their less-than-perfect lives. Not one of the best French movies I've seen - it's akin to watching a car crash, you don't want to watch but you can't help yourself.
A group of friends gather in the same place each year for a holiday. This movie is about their interactions and personal lives but it takes too long to get going, doesn't introduce the characters very well, and drags on and on. Then the characters over-react to every tiny thing that happens. There is a lot of drama about not very much. This movie is a wannabe Big Chill but doesn't even get close.
Highly engrossing drama with some memorable performances.
Great cast but old idea and the characters just did not come alive for me. Far too long and became disengaged half an hour in. Loved the boat!
Like a French version of the Big Chill a group of friends with complicated relationships gather for an annual holiday but one is missing. Great soundtrack
how bizarre a french version of the big chill funny thing is the yanks for once did it better. If you haven't seen the big chill dont waste your time with this pale overlong copy get the original its an all time classic
Sadly to say this well intended movie just did not hit the spot for me. The characters I could not emphasize and I really hate to say it I was bored witless which I feel ashamed to say it could have been a lot shorter, maybe I was not in the right mood. Similar format to "Big Chill" or "Michael's Friends".
beautiful movie but way too long
This film is no masterpiece but I thought there was plenty to keep you entertained and it has a GREAT soundtrack. It went on too long and some elements of the plot were hard to swallow, but overall a good offering.
This almost worked, but some irritating characters detracted from the enjoyment. Some good scenes but also a few over the top ones. A bit of a dogs breakfast I guess! But it was quite an enjoyable and funny in parts story. Lacked credibility however when we are supposed to believe everyone idolised a person who was a womanising, drunk, crackhead. French women are attractive though!!
As much as I love french films,in some parts there was over acting.
Didn't quite live up to the pre release hype.
An interesting movie looking at all the mingled relationships. Superb acting.
Didnt realise I had to read subtitles, no where does it say in discription it is in another language very disappointed.
long but a good film, fascinating dynamics between the characters and quite emotional too.
thought it was really well acted and the story was complex and interesting
I expected more from this. Essentailly a group of middle-aged friends with (a far too long) history to their lives get together for a weekend where old issues re-surface. This storyline has been done (much better) and this offered little new material. It provided far too many cliches to fill the space. Some of the characters were reasonably engaging but there's a point where excess boorish behaviour brings down a movie. A pity.
A movie with subtitles!!!??? Didn't watch it, or should I say read it.
Good, little bit long & reminiscent of the Big Chill just in France.
a bit flat and slow but enjoyable
French domestic drama at a high standard - good music too
I absolutely loved it. This film had my laughing out loud, screaming in surprise and had me in tears. It is a great depiction of a couple of friends and how they live through life as it hits them. Highly recommendable!
not enough character development or story development. Too superficial