Diary of a Seducer

on May 02, 1997 by Ed Scheid
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Claire (played by Chiara Mastro-ianni, daughter of Marcello Mastro-ianni and Catherine Deneuve) is attracted to another student Melvil Poupaud), who owns a copy of Kierkegaard's "Diary of a educer." The book unexpectedly causes uncontrollable romantic passion in its readers. Claire's friend (Mathieu Amalric) who stays with her and her mother (writer/director Daniele Dubroux) is a would-be seducer with his own diary. Claire confides too many details to her unhappy and unethical psychiatrist (Hubert Saint Macary). Dubroux effectively mixes moods along with bizarre events and eccentric characters in this quirky comedy. Clever dialogue alternates with some ominous music. There is a touch of David Lynch: A dead body s hidden in a freezer. A dinner party hosted by Truffaut's cinematic stand-in Jean-Pierre Leaud is a humorous disaster. The entire cast, including veteran actress Micheline Presle as a grandmother helping to hide the frozen corpse, give funny portraits of the mixed-up characters. Starring Chiara Mastroianni and Melvil Poupaud. Directed and written by Daniele Dubroux. Produced by Gemini Films. Comedy. French-language; subtitled. Running time: 87 min. Screened at the San Francisco fest.
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