Thursday, December 20, 2007

Marion Cotillard

I saw A Good Year last week, and I thought I recognized Marion Cotillard's name... that's because she is in La Vie en Rose. What a transformation indeed! She really looks like a stick in the movie. (I suppose she could have lost weight for the part.)

Here she is in A Good Year:




And as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose:






Marion Cotillard Interview � LA VIE EN ROSE

cotillard.net
Magnifique Marion Cotillard
Marion has no regrets either The Courier-Mail
Marion Cotillard picture from the movie - Marion Cotillard movie ...

As for A Good Year... it is based on the "best-seller" by Peter Mayle, but I can't comprehend why the novel did so well, except that perhaps it appeals to people who desire a change of pace without sacrificing material comfort. Russell Crowe's character, Max Skinner, gives up a partnership and a "career" in trading for what? Not poverty. It's not clear that he doesn' t have some share in the (rather prosperous) winery, and his girlfriend, played by Marion Cotillard, owns a restaurant in town; and he still has a lot of $ left in his bank account. How different is this really from the dream to win the lottery so one can buy a home in the country, and just sit back and enjoy life? Not very much. There is supposedly a partial conversion-Max knows that he is selfish, but wants to have true love. But it is not a credible conversion; rather one is left thinking that he wasn't such a bad fellow all along.

The movie is technically good; I don't know how it compares to Scott's Matchstick Men. And it does capture some of the beauty of Provence. Still, the New Yorker says this: "The director, Ridley Scott, has trouble finding a suitable tempo and style. The movie is wildly overshot and overcut; the simplest scenes jump around from one angle to another. The filmmakers may love Provence, but they don’t trust the audience to love it—even as a travelogue, the movie is a cheat."


I also saw The Queen last week...


Despite the criticism of the monarchy that some read into the film, it's a contrived feel-good story, where everyone learns something from everyone else, everyone has good intentions and they're just misunderstood, etc. Does the movie advocate the abolition of the monarchy? No, but it does seem to say that the Royal family get with the times, and join the new, sentimental Britain. Even though the queen apparently adds a disclaimer at the end of the movie, complaining that she was forced to do what she had to do by the prime minister and public opinion.



I think the real story is much more complex than the movie attempts to portray it. One should refrain from speculating as to what happened in the royal palaces, especially when one does not have any credible sources.

Found this at the same source as the photo above:

Rania Al-Abdullah Queen of Jordan Official Web Site
Queen Rania of Jordan Image Gallery
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah Of Jordan

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