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Let it Rain (2008)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 968 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 18 June 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: Argentina:100 min | USA:110 min
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  • IMDb page: Let it Rain (2008)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 968 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 18 June 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: Argentina:100 min | USA:110 min
  • Filming Location: Avignon, Vaucluse, France
  • Gross: $106,093(USA)(8 August 2010)
  • Director: Agnès Jaoui
  • Stars: Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri and Jamel Debbouze
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Interview | Mother Son Relationship | Provence | Love | Immigrant

Writing Credits By:

  • Agnès Jaoui (scenario) &
  • Jean-Pierre Bacri (scenario)

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    Plot: Agnes Jaoui plays a local political candidate Agathe Villanova, who returns to her childhood home in… See more »  »

    Story: Agnes Jaoui plays a local political candidate Agathe Villanova, who returns to her childhood home in the south of France in order to help her sister Florence (Pascale Arbillot) sort through their recently deceased mother's belongings. While she's there, the son (Jamel Debbouze as Karim) of family maid (Mimouna Hadji) takes advantage of her presence and attempts to interview her as part of a documentary about successful women that he's undertaken with his film school teacher, Michel (co-writer Jean-Pierre Bacri). However, Michel's intentions aren't quite what they seem, as he's having an affair with Florence and hoping to persuade her to leave her husband. Meanwhile, Karim finds his own marriage threatened when his attractive hotel co-worker (Florence Loiret-Caille) declares an interest in him.Written by Anonymous  

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: Agathe Villanova (Agnes Jaoui), a feminist with a role on the political scene, returns for ten days to her family home, in the South of France, to help her sister, Florence, to set their deceased mother’s affairs in order. In that house, Florence lives with her husband and their children, but also with Mimouna, the housekeeper who came to France with Villanova family when they left Algeria, in the moment of independence. Mimouna’s son, Karim (Jamel Debbouze), and his friend Michel Ronsard (Jean-Pierre Bacri) decide to make a documentary on Agathe Villanova, for a collection dedicated to the women who became successful. It’s August. The weather is bad, it rains. It’s not normal. But nothing is going to be normal.

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Jean-Philippe Andraca known as producer
    • Christian Bérard known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Agnès Jaoui known as Agathe Villanova
    • Jean-Pierre Bacri known as Michel Ronsard
    • Jamel Debbouze known as Karim
    • Pascale Arbillot known as Florence
    • Guillaume de Tonquedec known as Stéphane
    • Frédéric Pierrot known as Antoine
    • Mimouna Hadji known as Mimouna
    • Florence Loiret Caille known as Aurélie (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
    • Anne Werner known as Séverine
    • Laurent Jarroir known as Guillaume
    • Jean-Claude Baudracco known as Ernest, le paysan 1
    • Luc Palun known as Didier, le paysan 2
    • Marc Betton known as Horowitz, le producteur
    • François Gédigier known as Le monteur
    • Bernard Nissile known as L'homme du baptême (as Bernard Nissille)
    • Alain Bouscary known as Le serveur de la pizzeria
    • Candide Sanchez known as Le prêtre
    • Alexandre Dobrowolski known as Rodolphe
    • Danièle Douet known as La mère de Rodolphe
    • Sarah Barrau known as La réceptionniste de l'hôtel Agathe
    • Jacques Rebouillat known as Le patron de l'hôtel Karim
    • Sacha Rousselet known as Enfant Florence 1
    • Sonam Roussel known as Enfant Florence 2
    • Loucia Alarco known as Le bébé baptisé
    • Manon Mialhe known as Le bébé baptisé
    • Athéna Mataix known as Le bébé baptisé
    • Victoria Cohen known as Agathe enfant
    • Morgane Kerhousse known as Florence enfant
    • Myriam Arab known as Mimouna jeune
    • Isabelle Devaux known as La mère Villanova
    • Antoine Garceau known as Le père Villanova
    • Athéna Maraux known as Bébé baptème

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Françoise Quilichini known as key makeup artist
    • Jacky Reynal known as makeup designer

    Art Department:

    • Baptiste Cummings known as art department
    • Béatrice Ferrand known as painter
    • Frédéric Jourdan known as carpenter

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Les Films A4
    • France 2 Cinéma (co-production)
    • Studio Canal (co-production)
    • Canal+ (participation)
    • Région Provence Côte d'Azur (support)
    • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (in partnership with)
    • TPS Star (participation)

    Other Companies:

    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Technicolor  release printing

    Distributors:

    • Studio Canal (2008) (France) (theatrical)
    • Studio Canal (2009) (France) (DVD) (also Blu-ray)
    • Alfa Films (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
    • Atlantic Film (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
    • Cinéart (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Gutek Film (2008) (Poland) (theatrical)
    • IFC Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Pandora Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (theatrical)
    • Seville Pictures (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Alamode Film (2009) (Germany) (all media)
    • Orlando Films (2008) (Israel) (all media)
    • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Alain Bignet known as digital compositor
    • Alain Carsoux known as visual effects supervisor
    • Séverine De Wever known as visual effects coordinator
    • Joel Pinto known as digital compositor

    Release Date:

    • France 17 September 2008
    • Switzerland 17 September 2008 (French speaking region)
    • USA 10 October 2008 (New York Film Festival)
    • Belgium 15 October 2008
    • Ireland 7 November 2008
    • UK 7 November 2008
    • Norway 27 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
    • Poland 2 January 2009
    • Sweden 20 February 2009
    • Spain 27 February 2009
    • France 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • UK 23 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Greece 5 April 2009 (Festival du Film Francophone)
    • Turkey 5 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
    • Norway 24 April 2009
    • Canada 3 July 2009 (Vancouver International Film Centre)
    • South Korea 9 July 2009
    • Brazil 11 July 2009 (São Paulo) (premiere)
    • Israel 22 July 2009
    • Denmark 24 July 2009
    • Germany 30 July 2009
    • Finland 23 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 10 December 2009
    • Portugal 24 December 2009
    • USA 18 June 2010

    ..

     
     

    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    8 Comments

    1. stenson77 from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      Having been a huge fan of Jaoui and Bacri's films for many years, Ihave to admit I approach each one with a vague sense of trepidation incase they mess things up. I wasn't overly enamoured with their lastfilm, Comme Une Image, as I felt Bacri's standardhapless-and-frustrated-but-ultimately-lovable character had becomeplain nasty and cruel. This time, I think they got it spot on allround. What I love about their films is that you can watch them againand again, taking something new from them with each viewing. Focusingon the minutiae of life whilst using delicate brush strokes tohighlight the intricacies of human relationships via gentle buthilarious comedy is what they do best, and I found this film frequentlyhilarious. The actors are all superb, and the various characters givesuch a seemingly mundane story a depth not many films achieve, asFrench political life and its future are examined with a delicate touchby Jaoui, who credits her audience with much intelligence. The sight ofan ambitious feminist politician leading a white middle-class man, ayoung French Arab and a flock of sheep down a hill, before the groupget lost and are rescued by a pair of farmers, struck a chord with me,as did the relationship between Karim's mother and the bourgeois familyfor whom she works without being paid. There were some question marks,such as Karim's seemingly invisible wife he seemingly wants to cheat onwhen she herself appears affable and friendly, but overall it's athought-provoking, entertaining and downright funny film.

    2. Jamie Ward from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      Let's Talk About the Rain is about as exciting and entertaining as,well, talking about the rain. Such a discussion may warrant someinteresting insights into the person you are communicating with and inturn you may learn a little about yourself, but it certainly wouldn'tgo on for two hours. In what would have been a much more concise and inturn, poignant project, director Agnès Jaoui makes a fine impressionhere but also shows a lack of restraint in her ability to know when tocut apart her work. It can be lightly amusing and uplifting, insightfuland has character work that puts many of this year's features to shame,yet it also lacks any momentum, or motivation; main character MichelRonsard would say they are the same thing, and Jaoui neglects both. Inthe end the director's feature comes off as an exceptional study ofcharacter but one devoid of any significance outside of its practice.From beginning to end the performances and writing establish that Let'sTalk About the Rain is strictly an academic exercise in documenting. Afine piece of character study, but lacking any resounding message orclear intent, Jaoui succumbs to the astute pointlessness that too oftendominates such directors' work.

      With little to no plot at all, Let's Talk About the Rain tells thepaper thin story of a group of individuals loosely connected throughfamily, friends and colleagues. The central figures of this collagecome in the form of incompetent documentary film-maker Michel Ronsard(Jean-Pierre Bacri), his talented assistant Karim (Jamel Debbouze) andtheir subject; a successful politician and feminist Agathe Villanova(Agnès Jaoui). Using these characters and those around them Jaoui doeswell to tell an engaging story that slowly unravels the layers ofdynamism between her personalities, whether it is through friendship,family, business or most importantly, love. Moving at a snail's pacefrom beginning to end, it's easy to get a little despondent whenwatching Let's Talk About the Rain go over its incessant need toanalyse and document the mundane and largely inconsequential momentsthat these characters share, yet there are also plenty of scenes whichcarry with them much more finely focused intent. Such moments willusually establish the best parts of these characters through theirultimate bonding either through a smile or even a kiss, and it's herethat Jaoui shows her real talent for creating resonating characterdrama. Unfortunately, with a plot that fails to drive anything forward,an abundance of inconsequential indulgences stops the feature from evertaking off.

      The strongest element of this exercise comes in the form of Jaoui andher fellow cast members who all share a nice sense of chemistry betweeneach other, and do just as well on their own too. Jean-Pierre Bacrigets the most chuckles here, playing the bumbling but well-intentionedfilm-maker who is too often a slave to his eyes and those around him.Jamel Debbouze plays it close to many of his previous works, conveyingthe rather withdrawn but intelligent and gifted assistant to Bacri. Asgood as he works with Bacri however, it is his scenes with FlorenceLoiret (who plays as his love interest outside of a neglected marriage)that serve as key highlights, culminating in a sentimental kiss scenethat carries with it an astounding amount of feeling. Jaoui herself isspot on and obviously knows the ins and outs of her character enough tocomplement those around her and also to give the feature a sense ofpurpose that is too often lacking from the script. As a whole, theentire cast give flawless performances that do the best with what theyare given to work with; which unfortunately isn't that much, butfulfils the purpose that Jaoui seems to striving for.

      Despite the many wonderful features of Let's Talk About the Rainhowever, the film too often falters beneath its own weight. Heavy withcharacter but extremely light on plot, themes or discussion, Jaoui'sscript too often feels imbalanced the point of stultifying irrelevancy.It's an effort that would have served much fairer on a small screen andlimited to half its run time, and as such there's no denying that a lotof what goes on here is shameful navel-gazing for the sake of exercise.Leaving a screening of Let's Talk About the Rain, one is likely to havea feeling of fulfilment, but at the cost of quite a few wasted minutes.Pristine in its development of character and performances, there's alot to love about Jaoui's latest work, but a lack of focus and pointleaves the experience needlessly tiring. Followers of slow, meditativecharacter studies will get a kick out of what is present here, butpatience is certainly required and as such all but the most avid ofcinephilles would be best to give this one a miss; Jaoui is speaking toa small audience here.

      – A review by Jamie Robert Ward (http://www.invocus.net)

    3. jotix100 from New York
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      A lot of talk about the weather in the region of France where thisstory takes place, lead us to believe the film will a continuousdeluge, but alas, most of the rain happens at the end of this taleabout the making of a documentary that was not meant to be.

      Karim, a front desk clerk from a local hotel, and an aspiring filmmaker, decides to make a documentary about Agathe Villanova, apolitician, to get her angle on a lot of subjects where her experiencewill prove well worth telling. For this project he enlists MichelRonsard, who has directed his own documentaries. Their two man teamcould not be more different. Agathe's views on racism and sexism arewhat Karim is trying to capture as the essence for the film.

      Agathe, who has come to spend some time with her sister Florence inthis part of the Provance, where the family lived. Agathe has come tohelp her sister sort out things after the death of their mother. WhatAgathe is not counting is her sister's resentment because she has goneto become somewhat notorious and a minor celebrity. Florence herself isinvolved with Michel in a secret liaison no one suspects. The familyreunion turns out to be an occasion for rehashing the past.

      This has been one of the three films by its director, and star, AgnesJaoui, we have found less involving. Basically, it is a rambling filmthat goes nowhere, nor does it solve any of the tensions between thetwo sisters, or even gets the documentary done because of the constantinterruptions experienced in the shooting. Ms. Jaoui, who also acts inall her films, is an enigma in this one. What she has accomplish ismaking a better movie than it should have been in the way uses music toparaphrase each sequence, by her use of the excellent music selectionsthat perhaps gives the viewer hope that what will follow will bebetter. There is a recurring motif sung by the King Singers ofSchubert's "Der Goldenfahrer" that haunts the viewer's mind long afterthe film is over. Ms. Jaoui also selected music from Vivaldi, NinaSimone, and even a Cuban carnival ensemble that adds another layer tothe picture.

      Jean-Pierre Bacri, the director's collaborator and former husband,makes a good case for Michel Rosand, a documentary maker that shows hehas no clue in how to bring the project to the screen, or even has anyaffinity with the son he is supposed to be entertaining, but who begsto go away with a friend. Jamel Debbouze is seen as Karim. PascalleArbillot is Florence and Mimouna Hadji seems to be a natural in hertake of the loyal servant.

      "Parlez-moi de la pluie" is a mildly amusing comedy.

    4. stensson from Stockholm, Sweden
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      The French are good at it. These conversation movies, there most of theaction comes from the talking and there the people only exist throughthat.

      Here we meet the high-heeled Parisian feminist, who according to therules she keeps, has decided to have a boyfriend, decided to livealone, decided to have no children. A success story, worth adocumentary to the old humbug disillusioned film-maker and the youngerand more idealistic Karim of Arabian origin. By the way, Karim's motherworks as a maiden in the household of the high-heeled feminist'ssister.

      This is funny and intelligent and not sensational. You won't rememberit, but in some ways, you won't forget it either.

    5. roland-scialom from Brazil
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      The story is set in a small town in the Midi, in France. Throughout thefilm, as the characters appear, they are revealed through dialogs theycarry on with each other. So, as the film goes on, we have the feelingthat things are rather stuck in this place.

      Michel, nearly fifty, aspires to be a reporter-filmmaker that he didn'tsucceed to be so far. It is, actually, a clumsy, nonchalant guy, whodoesn't do right what he intend to, and relieves his frustrationsmoking joints. He is divorced, has a teenage son with whom he spends aweekend once in a while, and is having a future less affair withFlorence's sister, Agathe, who is married to Stéphane.

      Florence, nearly forty, Agathe's sister, is married to Stephane. Theyhave two children. But she feels miserable with her housewife life,along with a husband who has no energy to solve the shaky familyfinancial situation. She seems to bet on her relationship with Michelto get free from her situation. This way of seeing the future makes hera kind of a bovarist.

      Karim, has qualities that were frustrated by his humble origins andperhaps also because he lived all his life in a small town where theopportunities are scarce. He is the son of a maid (Mimouna) born in theMaghreb, and who works for Florence and lives in the house of thislatter. Karim works as a receptionist in a small and modest hotel, downtown. He is skilled in film mounting and tries to get free of hismediocre situation as a receptionist, working on projects of Michel,who rarely reach an end, because of Michel style.

      Agathe, lives currently in Paris (she developed a career away from thatMidi where things are rather stuck). She has a comfortable socialposition, and is successful professionally as a politician. She visitsthe small town where she spend her childhood, to tackle some politicalissues, and problems related with the heritage left by her mother. Atthe beginning of history, she looks like some one who is well resolvedpsychologically. But throughout the film we realize that this is nottrue. Her passage through the small town triggers the hole story.

      Mimouna, mother of Karim, comes from the Maghreb. She has been workingfor many years for the Villanova family, since when they lived inAlgeria (?). In the past, she babysitted Florence and Agathe who have astrong relationship with her. She lives apart from her husband whoabandoned the family in circumstances apparently nasty.

    6. london29 from London
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      Agnes Jaoui's films 'Le Gout des autres' and 'Comme une image' areamong my favourites of contemporary French cinema. They're smart,well-written, understated comedies that get right under the skin ofmiddle class relationships and neuroses. As such, this, her latest, isan enormous disappointment. The humour is forced and the characters areunder-drawn – what is a relatively short movie felt very long indeed.The subtlety of Jaoui's previous films was completely missing – it's asif she's aiming for a much broader audience. Fatally, almost all of thecharacters are completely unsympathetic – the one exception is an oldNorth African woman played by Mimouna Hadji. I really couldn't careless about these people, their failing relationships or their politicalambitions because they just didn't ring true. I suspect that this is afilm that will find a limited audience outside France.

    7. (richard@berrong.fr) from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      This was a flat movie. It is, briefly, the story of two sisters, one anauthor/feminist who is considering going into politics, the other "justa sister," who seems just to sit at home with her boyfriend, who issort of flat too. A has-been movie director convinces the would-bepolitician to sit for a series of interviews, which go poorly. Inbetween we see a little of the director's life with his son – he isdivorced and his ex has custody, so he doesn't see his son often. Wesee a little of the romantic/private life of the feminist, whoseboyfriend feels like he has become unnecessary in her life and leavesher. We see that the two sisters evidently have some unresolved issuesconcerning their mother, who passed away the year before. Thehousekeeper also evidently has some issues with her ex, but they aren'texplored either. Nothing really is, and yet this movie goes on for along time, or so it seems.

      There is no real character development for any of the characters. Thedialog is not interesting. The few shots of Provence are nothingspecial. The movie, in short, is nothing special.

      Flat.

    8. writers_reign from London, England
      30 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

      Initially this third film from triple-threat Writer-Director-ActressAgnes Jaoui (and the seventh she has co-written with Jean-Pierre Bacri)seems reluctant to surrender its riches but two and a half to threereels in we're ready to roll over and play dead once again as the oldteam of Jaoui and Bacri deliver yet another feast for the eyes and theears. Their great strength as actor-writers has always been observationand recording of the minutiae of the Human Condition as it applies towhat appear to be randomly linked lives and once more they draw ussubtly into another microcosm of unhappy lives verging on thedysfunctional and circling like moths the light of Jaoui's feministwriter turned wannabe politician whilst working through unfinishedbusiness with her sister and agreeing to a filmed interview with twoinept filmmakers one of whom (Bacri) is having a clandestine affairwith that same unhappily married sister. As is sometimes the way withJaoui-Bacri movies not that much happens except that they train amicroscope on real people – there's even a short sequence in whichJaoui and Bacri study an ant carrying a twig which could be seen as anoblique comment on what they are about. Overall another satisfyingmovie which I shall be adding to my DVD collection as soon as itbecomes available.

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