[Agnès Jaoui’s] film stars her regular co-scribe […] Jean-Pierre Bacri as a famous, over-the-hill TV presenter who attends the housewarming party of his producer, who’s moved into a countryside home straight out of Casa Vogue. His ex-wife, current girlfriend and a host of chic – and some not so chic – guests are also in attendance, with Jaoui again bringing her expert eye for the foibles of the French bourgeoisie to the proceedings.
Place Publique is another solid work from Jaoui that explores not only the age-old quirks and idiosyncrasies of the well-off and privileged but also, more generally, contemporary issues such as the influence of the internet and social media on our lives and how cynicism might be hypocritical but could also be a saving grace.
The film’s layers of irony start with the title, as “place publique” can be translated as “public space” or “public square” but the film itself unspools almost entirely in the gargantuan private garden and the newly acquired country mansion of Nathalie (Lea Drucker). But no private party remains truly private when guests come armed with their cameraphones and constant social-media access, as Nathalie discovers […].
[…] [F]or those who know Jaoui’s previous work as a writer-director (The Taste of Others, Under the Rainbow [HIFF 2013]) the film’s mix of honest drama and lighter moments should be very familiar.
Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
Film brunch on Sept. 30th at 11 am at Korjaamo Kino
Brunch at Korjaamo Kino lobby at 11 am, film screening at 12 pm.
Screenings on Sept. 22nd and 26th are normal priced (no brunch).