Cote D'azur

on September 09, 2005 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
Secrets are revealed and songs are sung in this minor variation on the traditional French movie about the follies of love. Marc, his wife Beatrix, and their two kids, 19-year-old Laura and 17-year-old Charly, have gone to the Mediterranean for sun and surf. Once there, however, the vagaries of sex, infidelity and love pop up, as Laura takes off with a boyfriend, Beatrix's lover shows up, Charly hangs with his male friend, who may also be his lover, and Marc... well, there's something he's not telling either.

"Cote D'Azur," though well acted -- Valerie Bruni-Tedeschi from "5 x 2" in particular stands out -- never builds up a head of steam as its various romantic permutations play out. Directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau ("Funny Felix") aren't too adept at balancing the story's drama and comedy, and are even less so with a couple of musical numbers they inexplicably throw into the mix. It all adds up to a fairly watchable movie, albeit one of the been-there, done-that school. Starring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Gilbert Melki, Jean-Marc Barr and Jacques Bonnaffe. Directed and written by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. Produced by Nicolas Blanc and Robert Guediguian. A Strand release. Comedy/Drama. French-language; subtitled. Running time: 90 min

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