Favourites of the Moon (Les Favoris de la lune) (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Favourites of the Moon (Les Favoris de la lune) (1984)




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An unusual cinematic voyage, most viewers will come out shaking their heads and wondering exactly what they have just viewed. Still and all, though, the circular action and interweaving of the "plots" of this movie are very regimented and purposeful. The real stars aren't even the myriad diverse characters that flit through the movie; they are really the eighteenth century set of china and the nineteenth century portrait of a nude that keep turning up. An interesting, seemingly haphazard but really very structured movie that involves art dealers, burglars, terrorists, punk singers, detectives, affairs...you get the idea. All of these are interwoven into each other's lives.


Pascal Aubier
as Mons. LaPlace
Alix de Montaigu
as Delphine Laplace
Gaspard Flori
as Christian Laplace
Emilie Aubry
as Lucie Laplace
Maïté Nahyr
as Madeleine Duphour-Paquet
Julie Aubier
as Sabine Duphour-Paquet
Katja Rupe
as Claire
Fanny Dupin
as Riviére
Baptiste Blanchet
as Marc Duphour-Paquet
Hans Peter Cloos
as Mons. Duphour-Paquet
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Critic Reviews for Favourites of the Moon (Les Favoris de la lune)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

April 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Les Favoris de la Lune fascinates by its opacity.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

April 4, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 18, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Emily B.
Emily B.

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