August 15th

Avacation movie that goes nowhere, "August 15th" strands a talented trio of thesps in a stale slice of life. Calculated to entertain but succeeding only in tiny isolated parcels, stillborn venture mistakes the depiction of aggravation for storytelling.

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With: Richard Berry, Charles Berling, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Melanie Thierry, Selma El Mouissi, Manon Gaurin, Quentin Pommier, Thomas Goulard, Ludmila Mikael, Blandine Bury, Dimitri Radochevitch, Catherine Hosmalin, Serge Hazanavicius.

Avacation movie that goes nowhere, “August 15th” strands a talented trio of thesps in a stale slice of life. Calculated to entertain but succeeding only in tiny isolated parcels, stillborn venture mistakes the depiction of aggravation for storytelling. Despite lousy pacing and amateur psychology, the adequately lensed pic — produced by Luc Besson — is coasting just fine at Gallic wickets on local nostalgia for beach and hammock.

When Vincent (Charles Berling), Raoul (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and Max (Richard Berry) join their families on Aug. 12 for a long weekend at a rented house, they find their wives gone but their five kids present. (It’s been raining for two weeks, so the women decided they needed a vacation from their vacation after reading a self-empowerment book.) Enter “Three Men Who Are Babies” or “Three Men and a Little Premise.” The fridge is empty, the lone toilet is blocked — and so is the script. We never meet the women and we’re given next to no reason to care about three 40-ish guys forced to cope with a banal sequence of events. Helmer’s sophomore effort parades one cranky, contrived scene after another.

August 15th

France

Production: A Europa Corp. /Digital Factory presentation of a Leeloo Prods., ARP, Waf Prods. production, in association with TF1 Films Prod. Produced by Luc Besson. Executive producer, Bernard Grenet. Directed by Patrick Alessandrin. Screenplay, Lisa Azuelos-Alessandrin.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Damien Morisot; editor, Yann Malcor; art director, Giuseppe Ponturo; costume designer, Martine Rapin. Reviewed at UGC Bercy, Paris, April 20, 2001. (In Cannes Film Festival -- market.) Original title: 15 aout. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Richard Berry, Charles Berling, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Melanie Thierry, Selma El Mouissi, Manon Gaurin, Quentin Pommier, Thomas Goulard, Ludmila Mikael, Blandine Bury, Dimitri Radochevitch, Catherine Hosmalin, Serge Hazanavicius.

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