My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010) ✭✭✭✭
A sunny, uplifting film and well worth an evening’s viewing. Depardieu looked freakishly fat in the publicity stills, but the added avoirdupois seems perfect for his character here. Relaxed and enjoyable, the movie doesn’t scream at us and serves as a vivid reminder of Depardieu’s comedic charisma.
The Beautiful Person (2008) ✭✭✭ 1/2
The gray winter light of Paris perfectly frames this tale of free love at a Parisian high school. Director Christophe Honoré has put out some iffy stuff over the years, but this time he balances the dynamics into a nicely restrained tension. Léa Seydoux and Louis Garrel spark an intriguing romantic chemistry, and the film exploits dark, bittersweet moments of confused romance to the fullest.