Once in a lul­laby

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM - DON­ALD CLARKE

Laura soon de­cides that an older, more rogu­ish mu­sic critic (Ben­jamin Bi­o­lay) has more to of­fer in the way of oomph.

Other sto­ries spin round Laura and her lovers. Her aunt (Agnes Jaoui), is tak­ing driv­ing lessons from San­dro’s fa­ther (Jean-Pierre Bacri). The lat­ter, though he pre­tends other­wise, can’t stop think­ing about a clair­voy­ant’s re­cent pre­dic­tion of his death date.

Un­der the Rain­bow is a stylis­ti­cally un­even film, flighty one minute, fan­tas­tic the next, it has a fid­geti­ness to it that too of­ten be­comes ir­ri­tat­ing. Yet the in­ter­twin­ing of the two gen­er­a­tions is nicely car­ried off by a cast not short on charm and verve. So, yes, it’s quirky, but not in­tol­er­a­bly so.

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