Monday, November 12, 2012

Dreaming of France - 3

Dreaming of France
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Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to my blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it
Maybe we can all satisfy our yearnings for France, until we get there again.


Today I will feature another movie I saw during the French Cinema Now Fall film presentation.

A World Without Women
France 2011
Directed by: Guillaume Brac
Constance Rousseau as Patricia
Laurent Papot as Juliette
Vincent Macaigne as Sylvain
My rating: 5

In its brief but eventful runtime, this film knowingly delineates a complex parent-child relationship and explores how each party goes about seeking romantic connection.

Patricia and her daughter Juliette have rented a cottage in a lazy beachfront town. The former is flirtatious with men, verging on desperate, while her pretty and intelligent child is more timid and careful with her affections.

Both of them play a back-and-forth emotional tease with Sylvain, the flat’s schlubby proprietor, and the resulting psychological effects on all parties are presented with subtlety and impressive acting.

My two-bits:
Loved that this took place at a seaside location - wonderful views.

As the description says a schlubby character, Sylvain, is the focus in this story. Suprisingly this focus the women have on Sylvain makes him a very appealing and attractive man despite the schlubbyness.


  1. Attraction to a schlubby man..... this I gotta see!


  2. It does look a lovely location. I always enjoy a French movie. I've never heard the word schlubby before. But improbable attraction to a schlubby man is the premise of pretty much any movie Woody Allen made.

  3. Louise's comment about Woody Allen is right on! I love the word schlubby - I live in L.A. where it's not uncommon to describe someone as a 'schlub' - usually someone kind of unattractive and not very bright - and I love how this character really is both schlubby AND strangely sexy.
    Great post. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me too.

  4. *Schlubby* describes him perfectly - it almost seems like a term of endearment. And I LOVE that magnificent seaside! <3
    Would enjoy watching this, if there were a version with subtitles ;D

  5. This is not unprecendented in French films. When I saw the photo, I thought it was Gerard Depardieu - the king of the schlubby actors. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme


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