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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
La bouche de Jean-Pierre. 1996.
DESPITE its weighty mood, "La Bouche de Jean-Pierre" manages to avoid any notable insights into its serious subject matter. Mimi, a young French girl, is in the aftershock of her mother's attempted suicide. No father is in the picture. She suffers neglect when she goes to live with her Aunt Solange in a highrise ghetto, and sleazy advances from her Aunt's boyfriend, Jean-Pierre. Added to these themes of depression, physical and sexual abuse, are those of pornography, racism, and the perversity of a pill-pushing society. With weak dialogue and a lack of clear direction, none of these themes are developed, let alone given an interesting or sensitive spin. The dull quality of acting barely inspires the sympathy for Mimi that might have rendered the end poignant if predictable. Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic. France, 1996. Language French. Subtitles: Russian, English. Download La bouche de Jean-Pierre.