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A Little Color

A submissive, 35-year-old hairdresser drives away from her rotten, abusive marriage to take refuge at the life-transforming Galaxy Motel in "A Little Color." Well-acted but ultra-slight venture is soothing to a degree just short of soporific. Bernadette Lafont is infectiously upbeat as Mona.

A submissive, 35-year-old hairdresser drives away from her rotten, abusive marriage to take refuge at the life-transforming Galaxy Motel in “A Little Color.” Well-acted but ultra-slight venture is soothing to a degree just short of soporific. Bernadette Lafont is infectiously upbeat as Mona, the proprietress of the friendly hostelry-cum-cafe, and the whole fetchingly lensed venture, from Geneva-born docu veteran Patricia Plattner, seems to be saying, “Come to Switzerland — where the people are quirkier than you think!”

Reaching the end of her rope when her hubby announces he’s giving the new hairstyling and curling machine to another beautician, Christelle (Anouk Grinberg) clonks him on the head and absconds with the coveted hardware. Mona offers her work as a chambermaid at the motel, whose regulars include hunky truck driver Lucien (Philippe Bas). Pic’s one memorably oddball touch is Mona and Christelle’s shared liking for “The Love Ranch,” a sepia-toned soap set in the American Wild West in which all the dialogue is sung (in French) by cowboys, Indians and frontier damsels. Grinberg, little seen of late, excels in rabbit-caught-in-headlights mode.

A Little Color

Switzerland-France

  • Production: A Frenetic Films (in Switzerland)/Gemini Films (in France) release of a Paulo Branco & Patricia Plattner presentation of a Light Night Prods. (Switzerland)/Gemini Films (France) production, in association with Television Suisse Romande, with participation of Canal Plus France. (International sales: Gemini, Paris.) Produced by Patricia Plattner, Paulo Branco. Directed by Patricia Plattner. Screenplay, Sarah Gabay, Jean Bobby, Plattner.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Matthias Kaelin; editors, Jeanetta Ionesco, Maya Schmid; music, Jacques Robellaz; art director, Rene Lang; costume designer, Florence Buholzer Joch; sound (Dolby), Henri Maikoff, Denis Sechaud. Reviewed at MK2 Hautefeuille, Paris, April 29, 2002. Running time: 96 MIN.
  • With: <B> With: </B>Anouk Grinberg, Bernadette Lafont, Philippe Bas, Gilles Tschudi, Nalini Selvadoray, Thierry Jorand, Jean-Pierre Gos, Francois Berte, Antonio Buil, Frederic Polier, Christian Gregori. (French dialogue.)
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