Favourites of the Moon (Les Favoris de la lune) (1984)
as Mons. LaPlace
as Delphine Laplace
as Christian Laplace
as Lucie Laplace
as Madeleine Duphour-Paquet
as Sabine Duphour-Paquet
as Marc Duphour-Paquet
as Mons. Duphour-Paquet
Critic Reviews for Favourites of the Moon (Les Favoris de la lune)
You can laugh with it, if you're willing to believe that the film makers are as witty as they keep announcing without demonstrating, or you can be awestruck by the amount of care, money and talent that appear to have been spent for so little effect.
What unifies the episodes is a patient moral scourging of our greed and futile desires; but where the British would use satire, this opts for the French form of Tatiesque anarchy and fun. And fun it certainly is.
Iosseliani, a native of the former Soviet Georgia, chose Paris as the setting for his first non-Russian film, and the city has rarely looked so vibrantly alive as it does in this curious outsider's view.
Though it revolves around certain classical themes and structures, Favorites Of The Moon takes off in a number of different directions simultaneously, seemingly haphazardly, but actually with a specific, though obscure, structure.
Otar Iosseliani's idiosyncratic French movie Favorites of the Moon is a charming and consistently interesting meditation on the bizarre twists of fate that draws people and possessions together and then apart again.
Audience Reviews for Favourites of the Moon (Les Favoris de la lune)
'Les Favoris de la lune' is the first French film by Georgian born director Otar Iosseliani. There's not much point trying to explain the plot, because really there isn't much of one. The best way to describe it would be to say it's like Altman's 'Short Cuts', only Parisian style. The film follows a wealth of different characters from terrorists to New Wave singers. What does link all these characters together though is that they all seem to have something to do with an 18th century dinner set and a 19th century painting. Admittingly some of the episodes were rather funny but I'll also admit I was a little disappointed, especially since Iosseliani's earlier work looks so good. That said, it's still worth watching if you get the chance.
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