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TIFF 2014: High Society (Le beau monde) – Capsule Review

By September 5, 2014 No Comments

Director: Julie Lopes Curval
Actors: Ana Girardot, Bastien Bouillon, Baptiste Lecaplain, Sergi Lopez, Aurélia Petit
Writers: Julie Lopes Curval, Sophie Hiet
Country: France
Runtime: 95 min
Rating: 14A

The struggle of a young artistic couple to defy class boundaries and to strengthen their relationship is the focus of Julie Lopes Curval’s film High Society (Le beau monde). Alice (Ana Girardot) is a budding fashion designer from a modest family who falls in love with Antoine (Bastien Bouillon), a photographer with a loftier background. As the two become closer, their cultures, ideals, and identities begin to clash in a manner that may be irreconcilable. Alice, played with quiet confidence by Girardot,is an easy character to get behind, and although she does have her quirks, she feels as though she could be a real person. Both Alice and Antoine are thinkers who enjoy discussing their ideas, resulting in a dialogue-heavy work that stands up well to translation. The chemistry between the two is believable, as are their emotional relationships with others. Finally, the music that appears throughout adds atmosphere to each scene when it is present, as do the pleasant shots of French scenery. High Society is a slow yet well-made film that prompts an emotional investment. Scenes set within Alice’s fashion school effectively symbolize her life struggles while revealing the artist that she truly is, making her a character with whom an audience of any age can relate. This look at two young and talented artists from different worlds, and their attempt to be together, asks tough questions and will certainly promote thought.

Overall Rating: 7 / 10

Talia C.

Talia C.

Talia is a film fanatic proudly working in the Canadian publishing industry. She loves movies of all kinds, but recommends that you read the book first.

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