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The Prompter

Unconventional love story is told from the P.O.V. of naive Felix (scripter-helmer Guillaume Pixie), whose life consists of whispering lines to stage actors from his perch beneath their feet. Maligned by crix and ignored by auds upon its release, pic is memorable for its conceptual chutzpah and bold if overly insistent whimsy.

Cast:
With: Guillaume Pixie, Frederic Diefenthal, Linda Hardy, Elodie Navarre, Stephane Olivie-Bisson, Vanessa Guedj.

An original premise fails to live up to its promise in “The Prompter.” Unconventional love story is told from the P.O.V. of sweet, naive Felix (scripter-helmer Guillaume Pixie), whose life consists of whispering lines to stage actors from his perch beneath their feet. Problems ensue when protag is forced to improvise in real life. Maligned by crix and ignored by auds upon its March 9 release, stylish and silly pic is memorable for its conceptual chutzpah and bold if overly insistent whimsy, even if it barely sustains a 72-minute running time.

Via a mile-a-minute internal monologue, shy Felix, who lives beneath the stage of a classical repertory company, explains that stage prompting has been the family business since the 1920s. His digs are doomed, so Felix is forced to give the outside world a spin. Both he and leading man Philippe (Frederic Diefenthal) set their sights on attractive, romantic wardrobe girl Clara (Linda Hardy), with Felix pre-scripting and rehearsing every word and gesture he plans to utilize in their courtship. Comic set pieces have pizzazz, but entire confection soon feels too trumped-up for comfort. Peppy score is a plus.

The Prompter

France

Production: A EuropaCorp Distribution release of a EuropaCorp, Avalanche Prods., TF1 Films Prod. production with participation of Canal Plus. (International sales: EuropaCorp, Paris.) Produced by Emmanuel Prevost. Directed, written by Guillaume Pixie;

Crew: Camera (color), Franck Tymezuk; editor, Fabien Ferreri; music, ALMO, Alexandre Azaria; production designer, Hugues Tissandier; costume designer, Catherine Bouchard. Reviewed at Club 13 screening room, Paris, Jan 24, 2005. Running time: 72 MIN.

With: With: Guillaume Pixie, Frederic Diefenthal, Linda Hardy, Elodie Navarre, Stephane Olivie-Bisson, Vanessa Guedj.

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