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All Our Desires

Pic follows a femme magistrate diagnosed with cancer who positions a single mom to fill her shoes at home while concurrently fighting shyster credit companies in the courts.

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With: Vincent Lindon, Marie Gillain, Amandine Dewasmes, Yannick Renier, Pascale Arbillot, Isabelle Renauld, Laure Duthilleul, Emmanuel Courcol, Anna-Bella Dreyfus, Thomas Boinet, Lena Crespo, Oriane Solomon.

Even Fannie Hurst wouldn’t come up with the kind of baldly melodramatic silliness of “All Our Desires,” Philippe Lioret’s disappointing follow-up to “Welcome.” A banal mix of soap and social action, the pic follows a femme magistrate diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer who positions a single mom to fill her shoes at home while concurrently fighting shyster credit companies in the courts. It ticks every box except one: “subtext.” Lifetime may want remake rights, since Stateside cinemas won’t bother with the original.

Notwithstanding an unstable childhood, Claire (Marie Gillain, “Female Agents”) has it all: a perfect husband (Yannick Renier), two adorable kids and a good job in the Lyon courts. Celine (Amandine Dewasmes), the debt-ridden mom of Claire’s daughter’s schoolmate, is sued by credit agencies, and Claire gets involved in the case, bringing in older judge Stephane (Vincent Lindon). Then Claire is diagnosed with cancer; she refuses treatment and tells no one, hoping to win the credit case and bring hubby and Celine together before she croaks. Lioret throws in every hackneyed clue, from autumn leaves to the gift of a timepiece, all perfectly lit and crushingly obvious.

All Our Desires

France

Production: A Mars Distribution release of a Fin Aout, Mars Films, France 3 Cinema, Rhone Alpes Cinema, Mac Guff Ligne, Nord-Ouest Films production, in association with La Banque Postale Images 4, Uni Etoile 8, La Sofica Manon, Soficinema 7, with the participation of Canal Plus, Cine Cinema, France Televisions. (International sales: Other Angle Pictures, Paris.) Produced by Philippe Lioret, Marielle Duigou. Directed by Philippe Lioret. Screenplay, Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, liberally inspired by the novel "Lives Other Than My Own" by Emmanuel Carrere.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Gilles Henry; editor, Andrea Sedlackova; music, Flemming Nordkrog; production designer, Yves Brover; costume designer, Anne Dunsford. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (Venice Days), Aug. 31, 2011. Running time: 120 MIN.

With: With: Vincent Lindon, Marie Gillain, Amandine Dewasmes, Yannick Renier, Pascale Arbillot, Isabelle Renauld, Laure Duthilleul, Emmanuel Courcol, Anna-Bella Dreyfus, Thomas Boinet, Lena Crespo, Oriane Solomon.

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