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Let's Talk About The Rain

Let's Talk About The Rain

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri are two of the most quietly impressive filmmakers working in French cinema.

Having previously collaborated on Look At Me and The Taste of Others, they reunite for the engaging social comedy Let’s Talk About The Rain.

The duo co-wrote and co-star in the film, while Jaoui also directs what proves to be an intelligent and highly amusing exploration of family life and politics.

It’s an unseasonably wet summer in the south of France and Agathe Villanova (Agnès Jaoui), has returned home to help her sister arrange the effects of their late mother, while considering making the leap from writing to politics.

As a favour to the housekeeper’s son Karim (Jamel Debbouze), she agrees to be interviewed for a series on successful women that he’s making with filmmaker friend Michel (Bacri)… but soon finds that her interviewers aren’t quite as professional as they appear.

Before long, she finds her political credentials being put to the test, while being forced to help her sister make some big decisions.

Combining oddball wit with engaging drama, Let’s Talk About The Rain may not provide anything really groundbreaking and unfolds at a leisurely pace, but it does offer a set of characters that are genuinely worth caring for.

Debbouze and Bacri are particularly engaging as the inept filmmaking duo, while there are some nice moments to savour between Jaoui’s Agathe and her sister as they come to terms with their feelings towards their parents, as well as their current situation in life.

The numerous observations on French social concerns and politics are also sharp and surprisingly pertinent, ensuring that the film has plenty to reward the more discerning viewer.

In French, with subtitles

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 100mins
UK DVD Release: March 23, 2009