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|Originaltitel:||Au bout du conte|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 112 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Once upon a time… was a young girl. Her name was Laura (Agathe Bonitzer), a 24-year-old woman of innocent beauty who had been waiting for her fairytale prince for many years. Laura almost gave up hope that she would find her happiness when she met the charming musician Sandro (Arthur Dupont) at a party. Between the two there was a huge radio and it all looked as if their story could end with the words: and they lived happily ever after. Love seemed so great, so close was the connection between their souls. But then one day Laura went on her way to her aunt Marianne (Agnès Jaoui). On her way through the forest she met Maxime Wolf (Benjamin Biolay), a dark seducer who puts Laura's heart to the test. Will she be able to resist the wolf and confess her true love. Or are fairy tales perhaps just too beautiful to be true?
With "Unter dem Regenbogen" the celebrated author duo Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri ("Look at me") have made a very successful comeback in France. Under the direction of Jaoui, who also played one of the key roles in the film, a playful tabloid comedy has been created, which is full of ingenuity in many moments, but at the same time also loses sight of the story. As a result, wonderful moments alternate with scenes that seem a little tough or even insignificant in direct comparison.
The film gets an enormously high entertainment value because the viewers simply enjoy recognizing the many fairy tales that have been processed in the script and enjoying the game with the familiar motifs. Jaoui and Bacri repeatedly manage to counteract the spectators' expectations, which are built up through the use of well-known elements, with surprising twists. The likeable, unspent actors and a somewhat unconventional set reinforce the positive aspects of the film, which in many moments stands out from the masses of other French comedies.
However, at times the staging seems to be a little bit too hard to be different, which unfortunately has the consequence that it gets a bit exhausting and lengthy for the viewer. The otherwise very positive and stirring overall impression is a little clouded by this. Moments that invite you to laugh or dream alternate with scenes that seem a little bulky and meaningless, which makes the fairytale-like charm of the production suffer. Thus "Unter dem Regenbogen" is a very successful and original piece of French arthouse cinema for long stretches, but in the end it is not recommended without reservations. Still: the small weaknesses and less well done scenes don't weigh so heavily, that lovers of fairytale romantic comedies of a different kind wouldn't get their money's worth here. And for that there is at the end a more than deserved: Worth seeing!
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