Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tous les soleils (2011)

Philippe Claudel's Tous les soleils has a good concept of comedy: the colash of two generations embodied by a single father and his teenager daughter. Unfortunately, the film loses some momentum as we get into its story's second half.

Alessandro (Stefano Accorsi), an Italian immigrant, teaches baroque music at the University of Strasbourg in France. His 15-year-old daughter, Irina (Lisa Cipriani), and his irresponsible brother, Luigi (Neri Marcorè), live with him. However, Alessandro often has teh feeling he lives with two teenagers instead of one.

Irina is going through her teenager crisis and has a new boyfriend. As for Luigi, he's always wanted to be accepted as a political refugee in France ever since Sylvio Berlusconi came to power in Italy. Moreover, because he spends so much time looking over his daughter's shoulder, Alessandro has forgotten to look for love. This is because his wife died when Irina was 2 years old.

This time, Philippe Claudel leaves aside drama for comedy. Although Claudel is certainly considered as one of the biggest French novelist by some critics, it really doesn't hurt to say that Tous les soleils is a light comedy about a clash of generations.

The performance from Stefano Accorsi and Lisa Cipriani never feels over-acted. Moreover, the film is like a nice soap opera with a nice production value and right-to-the-point dialogues. Unfortunately, Tous les soleils sometimes look very long starting from the film's second half.

All in all, Tous les soleils is just a good summer comedy.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:France (2011)
Length:105 minutes
Screenplay:Philippe Claudel
Director:Philippe Claudel
Starring:Stefano Accorsi, Neri Marcorè, Clotilde Courau and Lisa Cipriani

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