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|Originaltitel:||Sous les joupes des filles|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 116 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Fifteen years ago Mel Gibson showed us "What Women Want" in the cinema. Now director Audrey Dana invites us to Paris to show in different episodes what women really want. With a strong ensemble consisting of stars such as Isabelle Adjani, Laetitia Casta or Vanessa Paradis, she tells stories from the lives of eleven women who have an affair with a married man, who want to break out of their gruelling existence as full-time housewives, who are prevented by a nervous stomach from finding the great love or who have so far put their careers before their private lives, only to now have to realize that a real girlfriend is simply something priceless. There are eleven very different women, but they all have one thing in common: they are all searching for their very own happiness, for love or for friendship...
"French Women - What Women Really Want" has so many good basic prerequisites that the film can only actually work. A wonderful ensemble, some very nice stories, wonderful locations and a theme that never loses its topicality: the eternal battle of the sexes! Here there should be laughter all the time, a little French-coloured "Sex and the City" flair and heart-warming romance. But unfortunately this is not the case. Instead, hysteria, maue gags, annoying characters and uninspired dialogues dominate the action. Granted, there are some nice moments, in which the talent of the good actresses can unfold a bit. And in a few scenes you can actually smile or even laugh a little as a viewer. However, in the two hours of running time such moments are unfortunately in short supply.
It's almost a mystery why Audrey Dana didn't succeed in staging a successful movie with so many popular and talented actresses and obviously good ideas. Too hard, she tries to be funny and original. Beyond this effort, she forgets to draw her characters lovably and to tell their stories in a charming way. Even though some ideas still ignite, the staging seems too hectic, loud and exhausting to be really entertaining. One could, of course, argue that as a man I don't belong to the target group and simply don't know "what women really want". But based on the reactions of my colleagues present at the press presentation I can say with certainty: a film like this is not.
At the end the entertainment value picks up speed again. But then it's already too late. It may be that the capers of the eleven ladies from Paris are still amusing enough for such viewers, who like it a bit more exaggerated, to justify a visit to the cinema. But if you hope for a lively women's comedy with clever dialogues and charming characters, you will be bitterly disappointed. But unfortunately there is only one at the end: conditionally worth seeing!
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