Picks and Pans Review: Practice Makes Perfect
Funny thing about French films: They make it seem nothing in the world should be taken seriously, no matter how bad it is. In Philippe de Broca's latest, Jean Rochefort plays a philandering concert pianist whose nightly encores seem to be catching up with him. There's the beautiful wife he ignores, Nicole Garcia (who won the French Oscar for her performance). As Rochefort's ex-wife, for whom he still lusts, Annie Girardot is marvelous, as always. And lovely Cathérine Alric plays an empty-headed girlfriend. As a farce, the film is light and bright. But de Broca, who directed King of Hearts and Dear Inspector, lapses into heavy-handed moralizing. His film is recouped only by a climax that's happy, if not quite parfait. (In French with English subtitles) (Not rated)
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