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Alain Resnais, one of the greatest French filmmakers, never made an indifferent or unadventurous film, and he was much more talented and innovative than Francois Truffaut. This 1997 feature was inspired by British screenwriter Dennis Potter (Pennies From Heaven); its characters frequently break into lip-synched French pop songs, which serve as cross-references to their moods and aren't always bound by gender. A comedy about real estate and class differences, this was the biggest hit of Resnais' career in France, superbly capturing Paris in the 90s; it's less popular among viewers unfamiliar with the music, but even if you can't follow all the nuances, it's fun and different and at times mysterious (periodically revealing Resnais' surrealist roots). Written by and costarring the talented couple Jean-Pierre Bacri and Agnes Jaoui, this also has graceful performances by Resnais regulars Sabine Azema, Pierre Arditi, and Andre Dussollier. In French with subtitles.

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