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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 117 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Claire (Catherine Frot) is a midwife with body and soul. She doesn't seem to mind that she hasn't had a man at her side for years and only sees her son sporadically, as long as she can put all her passion into her job. But cuts in the healthcare budget and new technologies are suddenly calling into question her previously so secure job. Claire is insecure and afraid of the future. In this very situation she receives a call from Beatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the extravagant ex-lover of her father. For years she had disappeared from the scene, but now she's back and wants to meet Claire. But the meeting not only brings back unpleasant memories, with the two completely unequal women worlds collide that simply don't want to harmonize - or perhaps they do?
"A Kiss from Beatrice" is a difficult movie: It has many really beautiful moments, worn by two great leading actresses. There's no question about it. However, these moments seem a bit episodic and director Martin Provost oftentimes doesn't manage that these single episodes fit together to a harmonious whole. At too many points the movie seems unfinished and the story is told in a very bumpy way. The big problem this creates is that it makes it extremely difficult for the viewer to identify with the characters.
The relationship between Claire and her garden neighbour Paul (Olivier Gourmet), in particular, clearly shows the weaknesses of the production. Although her character drawing makes it easy to understand why Claire has a hard time with a relationship, her behavior in a certain scene isn't really understandable, which even makes her character a little bit unappealing. In the further course of the story there are moments that should make up for that. But even they somehow lack cohesion, so that they can never fully develop the necessary emotional strength.
Actingly, "A Kiss from Beatrice" is beyond any doubt. Especially Catherine Deneuve is really great as an aging eccentric. But Catherine Frot also has some strong moments when she can really shine. Claire's reaction to her potential new workplace, a state-of-the-art luxury maternity clinic, is beautifully played. Nevertheless, the movie never manages to grab the viewer over a longer period of time. The story seems quite nice, but somehow also a bit trivial - and that's exactly what can be said about the whole movie. That's why there is only one left with a few exceptions: Worth seeing!
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