Two Gotham-based Gallic gals get a visit from three less-funny-than-they-think-they-are French guys in “Nous York.” This supposedly cockles-warming dramedy from filmmakers Geraldine Nakache and Herve Mimran never moves beyond its sketchy outline, and has none of the freshness, insight or sincerity that made “All That Glitters,” their debut featuring practically the same cast, a hit. A jumble of cardboard characters, unfunny shenanigans, cliched montage sequences and obvious music choices, the pic should generate decent returns initially, but won’t sparkle in the long run.Samia (Leila Bekhti) works for an impossible American star (Sienna Miller, at her bipolar best in a cameo), while her best friend, Gabrielle (Nakache), slaves away at a Jewish nursing home in Brooklyn. Three apparently carefree male friends (Manu Payet, Nader Boussandel, Baptiste Lecaplain) come to hang out with them in the Big Apple, but their seemingly improvised banter isn’t amusing, and the pic’s specks of drama feel predictable, fabricated and hemmed in, instead of part of any larger arc. The acting isn’t bad, but lacks poignancy; unimaginative widescreen lensing overdoses on skyscrapers.
A Pathe Distribution release of a Vertigo Prods., Pathe presentation of a Vertigo Prods., Pathe Prod., M6 Films, Lorette Distribution production, in association with Canal Plus, Cine Plus, W9, M6. (International sales: Pathe Intl., Paris.) Produced by Aissa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa. Co-producer, Romain Le Grand. Directed, written by Geraldine Nakache, Herve Mimran.
Camera (color, Panavision widescreen), Stephane Le Parc; editor, Benjamin Weill; music, Fantastic Nobody; production designers, Justin Dragonas, Nicolas Raffy; costume designer, Emmanuelle Youchnovsky; sound (Dolby Digital), Antone Deflandre, Frederic Mascaras, Gael Nicolas, Francois-Joseph Hors; associate producer, Florian Genetet-Morel; assistant directors, Eric McGinty, Stephanie Champault; casting, Emmanuelle Prevost, Antonia Dauphin. Reviewed at MK2 Quai de Loire, Paris, Nov. 8, 2012. Running time: 98 MIN.
Leila Bekhti, Geraldine Nakache, Manu Payet, Nader Boussandel, Baptiste Lecaplain, Marthe Villalonga, Dree Hemingway, Sienna Miller, Nicole Laliberte. (French, English dialogue)