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Looking For Hortense

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Hang on, it's somewhere...

When Iva (Kristin Scott Thomas) asks husband Damien (Jean-Pierre Bacri) to beg a favour of his estranged father, it prises open their own differences in Pascal Bonitzer’s French comedy-drama.

This is an enjoyably affable affair: a mid-life crisis flecked with farce and magic realism. At its best, the plot recalls the downward spiral of A Serious Man, and Bacri’s performance is a hangdog delight.

Unfortunately, Bonitzer’s attempts to provide a tidy resolution result in an uneven mix of coincidences and dead ends. His hands prove too heavy to deliver the required lightness of touch.

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