Review: ‘You, Me and Us’

Pic is an almost 2 1/2-hour yakfest that can't shut up about sex, relationships and fidelity, but ends up saying little.

Practically a parody of a highbrow French movie, “You, Me and Us” is an almost 2 1/2-hour yakfest that can’t shut up about sex, relationships and fidelity, but ends up saying little. The latest pic from helmer Jacques Doillon (“The Little Gangster,” “Ponette”) is a handheld, digitally shot low-budgeter whose tendency to ramble wastes a potentially interesting premise involving two divorced parents who rekindle a sort-of interest in each other. The writer-director’s rep should assure some local and fest play.

Doillon’s pics are often about families or couples in crisis, but rarely have they been this long or lacking in focus, faux-literary chapter headings notwithstanding. Divorcees Aya (Lou Doillon, the helmer’s daughter) and Louis (director Samuel Benchetrit, Lou’s real-life ex), have a world-wise 7-year-old (Olga Milshtein), though Aya now wants a baby from her hunky/boring b.f. (Malik Zidi), and Louis is involved with a woman (Marilyne Fontaine) so uninteresting, the pic literally forgets about her halfway through. Both men are unlikable, and Aya is a child in a woman’s body, begging the question: Why should auds care? Thesps don’t act so much as spew pretentious dialogue; HD lensing is mediocre.

You, Me and Us



A Sophie Dullac release of a 4A4 Prods. presentation and production, in association with Canal Plus, Cine Plus. (International sales: Doc & Film Intl., Paris.) Produced by Mani Mortazawi, David Mathieu-Mahias. Directed, written by Jacques Doillon.


Camera (color, HD), Renato Berta, Laurent Chalet; editor, Frederic Fichefet; production designer, Patrick Colpaert; sound (DTS stereo), Erwan Kerzanet, Francois Boudet. Reviewed at Rome Film Festival (competing), Nov. 15, 2012. Running time: 142 MIN.


Lou Doillon, Samuel Benchetrit, Malik Zidi, Marilyne Fontaine, Olga Milshtein.

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