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|Originaltitel:||Je suis a vous tout suite|
|Genre:||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 99 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The thirty-year-old Hanna (Vimala Pons) and her brother Hakim (Mehdi Djaadi) couldn't be more different: while she leads a very freedom-loving, open-hearted life in Paris as a half-Algerian regardless of her cultural and religious roots, Hakim has chosen a very traditional path as a devout Muslim. But the siblings have one thing in common: they inherited from their parents the inability to simply say "no". This is particularly difficult for Hanna, who, as head of the human resources department, has to dismiss employees from time to time. But Hanna always finds a way to sweeten this difficult step for those who have been made redundant. But then she meets the doctor Paul (Laurent Capelluto) and with him a man who seems to love her as she is. But then Hakim needs their help - and that not only intensifies their conflict with each other, but also tears open an old wound that both siblings would love to keep closed forever…
After their first collaboration on the wonderful "The Name of the People", Baya Kasmi and Michel Leclerc changed roles this time. If he was allowed to direct "The Name of the People" while she was only involved in the script, Kasmi took a seat in the director's chair for "Mademoiselle Hanna and the Art of Saying No". Even though there is a certain thematic overlap between the two films, they each have their own unique signature due to the change of direction. What they do have in common is that they approach very serious topics with a lot of humour and irony.
As the daughter of an Algerian Muslim and a Frenchwoman, Kasmi has certainly been able to incorporate a lot of his own experience into the film. A novel by Philip Roth about two very unequal Jewish brothers from New York served as a source of inspiration. Based on these backgrounds, a story is told about how differently young people in particular deal with their cultural or religious background. It's a story about self-assertion, identity finding and adaptation, but also about tolerance and the power of love.
The sometimes very weird humor of the film is primarily due to the inability of all family members to say "no". However, this inability also leads to some of the saddest scenes, which the movie also doesn't skimp on. Especially the flashbacks, which give an idea of what Hanna had to experience as a child and watch Hakim and also how much Hakim later had to suffer from the very permissive and free-spirited appearance of his sister, definitely hit her stomach. The fact that the many lighter, absurd humorous moments don't seem completely out of place, but result in a harmonious overall picture, is one of the movie's biggest strengths.
However, the staging sometimes seems a bit erratic. There is no real connection between individual scenes, which at some points leads to the fact that the narrative flow seems very choppy and an episodic character emerges. The refreshingly relaxed acting of the actors and some really nice snapshots can at least compensate this weakness in many parts. All in all, "Mademoiselle Hanna and the Art of Saying No" manages to address many of the issues that currently occupy our society in a very original, tongue-in-cheek way, without diminishing their relevance. The sometimes very blatant, yet always harmonious mix of comedy and drama certainly makes the movie difficult for some viewers to access. But if you already liked "The Name of the People" and generally have a weakness for French arthouse comedies of a somewhat different kind, you'll definitely fall for the charm of this movie. Worth seeing
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