Absolument fabuleux (29-Aug-2001)
Director: Gabriel Aghion
Writers: Gabriel Aghion; Pierre Palmade; François-Olivier Rousseau; Rémi Waterhouse
Attempt to bring Absolutely Fabulous to French.
Review by Todd (posted on 3-Jul-2009)
This is not the hit British series "Absolutely Fabulous" -- and even though it is a film version, viewers should not expect the original. It is French and that country's own sensibilities are woven into the plot. While not the same, or as amazingly funny, this film is a delightful, charmingly silly and unexpectedly warm comedy. As with the English series, the film centres on an immature, irresponsible fashion crazed PR company owner -- Edina, and her misadventures in substance abuse, fad following and scandal, aided and abetted by her equally irresponsible, alcoholic, fashion magazine maven friend Patsy. The misadventures are carried out under the disapproving eyes of Edina's university aged daughter Saffron and her elderly Mother. The plot features many stoylines from the British comedy series, woven together and hung on the thread of a charming romantic plotline involving a university student named Jonothan who is attracted to Saffron but pursued by Edina and Patsy. Several comic misunderstandings ensue, leading Saffron to be disgusted by Jonothan's flirtation with her Mother and Patsy, but true love eventually triumphs - with plenty of laughs along the way from Edina and Patsy's decadent, substance fuelled antics. In this version Saffron appears to be Edina's only child from her only ex-husband, leaving out Marshall and his son Serge. Bubble, Edina's daffy PA is less present and the film opens with an interesting montage giving a back-story to the lead characters. The concept of threading the stories together onto a farcical plotline works well and the film does not feel like a set of disparate sketches. The actors bring something fresh to the roles and, although not Absolutely Fabulous in both senses, it works and is enjoyable -- with moments of brilliance.
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