Review: ‘Bimboland’

Produced by Alain Goldman.

Produced by Alain Goldman.

Directed by Ariel Zeitoun. Screenplay, Roselyne Bosch. Camera (color) Thierry Jault; editor, Hugues Darmois; art director, Dominique Andre; costumes, Edith Vesperini; casting, Nathalie Cheron. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 20, 1999. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Judith Godreche, Aure Atika, Gerard Depardieu, Sophie Forte, Armelle, Dannyboon, Amanda Lear, Laetitia Lacroix, Thiam, Saskia Mulder, Evelyne Buyle.

The title suggests a lowbrow comedy with lots of female flesh on display, but “Bimboland” attempts to offer something a little more challenging than that. The French-language pic doesn’t succeed, however, at providing a comic satire of the late-’90s dating game, the result being a hodgepodge that’s occasionally funny and not unpleasant to watch, but fairly forgettable once the houselights come up. This is strictly a Euro TV item.

Cecile (Judith Godreche) is an anthropologist whose career is sidetracked when the lost tribe she discovers turns out to be a bunch of environmentally unfriendly profiteers. Then Cecile comes up with the goofy notion of studying the modern “bimbo” tribe as her new research topic, transforms herself into one of this exotic breed and infiltrates the group. Suspension of disbelief is stretched to the limit when her obnoxious department head, Laurent (Gerard Depardieu), falls in love with bimbo-mode Cecile, not recognizing her as one of his academic colleagues in a more revealing outfit. Genuine laughs are relatively rare, the romance is forced, and thesps show little spark.




A Legende Entreprises/Gaumont/TF1 Films production, with the participation of Canal Plus. (International sales: Gaumont Buena Vista Intl., Paris.)
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