Miss Montigny | Chicago Reader

Miss Montigny

A scrappy young woman (Sophie Quinton) works two jobs to support her family, who are struggling to stay afloat in their failing Belgian town. Her even more tenacious mother (Ariane Ascaride) pushes her to enter a local beauty pageant for its cash prize, and the competition becomes all-consuming; she stands to lose her beau and her best friend while her mother fails to notice that her unemployed husband has begun to stray. Director Miel van Hoogenbemt provides enough comic touches to keep this 2005 domestic drama from getting dreary, and Nigel Willoughby adds to the feel of urban dislocation with his low-contrast 16-millimeter cinematography. In French with subtitles. 101 min.

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