LET IT RAIN
Karim ( Jamel Debbouze) is a budding young filmmaker who teams up with older Michel ( Jean-Pierre Bacri) to make a documentary about successful women. They interview aspiring politician Agathe Villanova (co-writer and director Agnès Jaoui) at her family’s country home, where her sister Florence (Pascale Arbillot), who’s having an affair with Michel, lives with her husband (Guillaume de Tonquedec). This sounds like the setup for a classic farce, but although some scenes are mildly funny and social commentary lurks beneath the surface, the film is too chatty, slight, and anticlimactic to have much impact. A reception follows the Friday, July 30, screening. Not rated. 99 minutes. In French with subtitles. CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe. (Laurel Gladden)
Let It Rain, dramedy of manners, not rated, in French with subtitles, CCA Cinematheque, 982-1338, 2.5 chiles
IOscar Wilde once asserted that “conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” While it’s not an especially interesting topic, the weather affects everyone, which makes it an innocuous subject for striking up a conversation with a stranger. Engaging in weather-related small talk with a friend, family member, or partner, though, can be a way to sidestep weightier topics and avoid genuine interaction.
Let It Rain is a misleading translation of the title of this film, the third standout feature from notable French writer-director-actress Agnès Jaoui. The south of France, where the story is set, isn’t experiencing a drought, and none of the characters wishes it would rain — in fact, one storm rolls in at a rather inconvenient moment. A more accurate translation of the original title, Parlez-moi de la pluie, would be “Talk to Me About the Rain” or, idiomatically, “Let’s Talk About the Rain.” All of the characters in this slight, mildly engaging film jabber quite a lot, but you get the feeling they’re not really saying what they want to say.
Hotel clerk Karim (Jamel Debbouze) is a budding young filmmaker with an idea for a documentary about successful women. For help and guidance, he teams up with a self-aggrandizing but incompetent washed-up journalist named Michel (Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jaoui’s longtime writing partner). Since Karim’s mother (Mimouna Hadji) was the maid to the family of aspiring politician