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"Marius et Jeannette"

by Karen Jaehne

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I'm ungraciously miffed about losing two hours to "Marius et Jeannette," the Un Certain Regard opener that I attended mainly to see Leos Carax's explosive short--so explosive that the elusive Leos hasn't found a title for it yet. "Marius et Jeannette" is a nice little TV movie that doesn't belong in a big-league filmfest despite its mild echoes of Renoir, who never would have sloughed off the characters' socially generated miseries with doses of unabashed sentimentalism the way director Robert Guediguian does. (Renoir receives more explicit homage in Ferrara's film, proving that he's still indispensable after all these years.)

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