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|Original title:||Place publique|
|Production country:||Frankreich 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 98 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
The successful TV producer Nathalie (Léa Drucker) invites you to a garden party in her new domicile and everyone comes: her brother-in-law, the TV presenter Castro (Jean-Pierre Bacri), Natalie's sister and Castor's ex Hélène (Agnès Jaoui), who only has her next refugee project in mind, and Nina, the daughter of the two, who has just finished her second novel, in which her parents don't get along very well. In between, there are YouTube stars, life savers, posers and a waitress, who considers selfies with the guests more important than their service. An explosive mixture, in which it doesn't take long until not only the champagne corks pop…
The multiple award-winning actress and director Agnès Jaoui lays the foundation with "Champagne & Macarons - An unforgettable garden party" a light comedy, which reminds of the mood and the dramaturgy a little of "Life is a party" by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano ("Pretty best friends"). But while this movie had some beautifully drawn characters, a lot of good jokes and charm, there is hardly anything to be found in Jaoui's movie. The figures, who too often break out into singing that lasts far too long, are not really sympathetic and their conflicts are too superficially worked out. This was also the case with "Life is a feast", but there was never such an obvious attempt to lend a certain depth to the whole thing.
The visual language is engaging and Jaoui also succeeds very well in conveying the atmosphere of the garden party to the audience. But what good is that if you just don't care about the characters and their stories? Certainly, there are some very amusing moments and also some aspects of the story that have the potential to inspire the viewer to reflect. Even the actors, who are well chosen by the bank, can't be blamed for the fact that the movie just doesn't want to work out.
Much more the only reason is the weak script and a production that lacks esprit, tempo and charm in the decisive moments. A nice garden party, but you want to escape after one hour at the latest. Therefore only worth seeing with some exceptions!
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