Ironically titled, though probably not on purpose, the supremely French melodrama "In a Rush" is an endless slog.

Ironically titled, though probably not on purpose, the supremely French melodrama “In a Rush” is an endless slog through the tedious relationship and family troubles of a self-involved, Paris-based writer and his Gallic daughter, Italian lover and Swiss-German mother. Directorial debut by helmer-star Louis-Do de Lencquesaing is what the French call “romanesque” — suggesting a narrative reminiscent of literary fiction, often about love — but most other languages would probably favor an equivalent of “dull” or “uninvolving,” since a portal into the protag’s brain is entirely absent. Internationally, the only kind of rush pic will cause is toward theater exit doors.

Divorced scribe Paul (de Lencquesaing) has his hands full with his university-going daughter (Alice de Lencquesaing) and his bilingual mother (Marthe Keller), whose irrational behavior following her sudden widowhood is used for more humorous than dramatic purposes. Paul’s nascent relationship with a sexily bespectacled married Italian woman (Valentina Cervi) complicates matters on all sides. Lack of clear p.o.v. or character motivations makes everything play like a sad soap, only with literary ambitions and more nudity. United Nations cast is inconspicuous; generically lit soft-focus lensing tries to add a veneer of respectability.

In a Rush

France

Production

A Pyramide Distribution release of an Everybody on Deck presentation of an Everybody on Deck, Herodiade production, in association with Canal Plus. (International sales: Pyramide Intl., Paris.) Produced by Gaelle Bayssiere, Didier Creste, George Fernandez. Directed, written by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing.

Crew

Camera (color), Jean-Rene Duveau; editor, Marion Monnier; music, Emmanuel Deruty; production designer, Antoine Platteau; costume designer, Judy Shrewsburry. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Critics' Week), May 18, 2012. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Alice de Lencquesaing, Valentina Cervi, Marthe Keller, Bernard Verley, Xavier Beauvois, Laurent Capelluto, Ralph Amoussou, Enola Romo-Renoir, Denis Podalydes. (French, Italian, German dialogue)

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