A lightly comic relationer set among the denizens of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Claire Simon’s “That’s Just Like You” sounds like a guaranteed turn-off but emerges as an often funny, docudrama-like movie with some fresh flourishes. Though overlong by about 15 minutes, it’s a good bet for Euro TV play.
Pic is the fourth in a series featuring student actors from Theatre National de Strasbourg, and Simon’s conceit — which plays less pretentiously than it sounds — is to use multiple players for the two leads. Five actresses swap the part, often in the same take, of Cleo, an assistant in the parliament’s AV department, who’s pursued by her former b.f., Antoine (six actors), for a second chance when he comes looking for an internship. Idea of multiple identity and sexual game-playing chimes well with the parliament’s setup, in which, as one real-life member explains, everyone has to juggle their local, national and European identities when doing their job. Young thesps are lively in a very Gallic way, and Jean-Henri Roger is excellent as Cleo’s pragmatic boss, who’s seen every political maneuver before. Latino-flavored jazz piano score adds bounce.