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Elisa

2

Jean Becker’s 1995 film comes from the strumpet school of French cinema... unfortunately. Essentially a Vanessa Paradis vehicle, it casts her as Marie, a rebel and largely near-naked nymphet whose mother, Élisa, commits suicide and leaves her in a kids’ home. As a wise, frisky 16 year-old, Marie embarks on a seduce-and-destroy programme targeted at men, with the intent of finding her father and taking revenge on him. Papa turns out to be a sad-eyed barfly (Gérard Depardieu) – and not a moment too soon, as by this point mad Marie’s extended mischief has worn very thin. Thankfully, a guarded redemption follows, sparing us this tawdry pay-off. Otherwise, there’s about as much meat to Élisa as there is to this extra-free DVD.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 2nd 2007

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