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Being Light

Third and final installment in Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold's "Free Trilogy," the DV-shot "Being Light" is a playful, consistently entertaining home movie with real actors. Frequently funny saga stars Barr as American Jack, a greedy new technologies exec, and Romain Duris as Frenchman Maxime, a recently escaped resident of a loony bin.

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With: Jean-Marc Barr, Romain Duris, Elodie Bouchez, Isabelle Candelier.

Third and final installment in Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold’s “Free Trilogy,” the DV-shot “Being Light” is a playful, consistently entertaining home movie with real actors. Considerably less pretentious than its predecessors, “Lovers” and “Too Much Flesh,” this zippy, frequently funny saga stars Barr as American Jack, a greedy new technologies exec, and Romain Duris as Frenchman Maxime, a recently escaped resident of a loony bin. Fests can’t go far wrong with this one.

Unlikely pair makes a freewheeling trip from Paris to India in search of enlightenment and a nurse named Justine (Elodie Bouchez, a vet of all three pics). Paper-thin premise shapes up into a frequently laugh-out-loud collection of twists on otherwise cliched themes. Mutating from “seize the money” to “seize the day” mode, Barr plays big and broad. Duris, however, creates an extremely convincing character whose craziness manifests itself as often rude pronouncements that cut through the self-interested hypocrisy that has been Jack’s lifelong stock-in-trade.

Writing/helming team is definitely getting better at stringing images together. Digital-to-film transfer is merely so-so but original score, with jazzy piano and accordion accents, is a jaunty plus.

Being Light

France

Production: A Rezo Films release of a Toloda, Bar Nothing, TF1 Intl. production. (International sales: TF1 Intl., Paris.) Produced by Pascal Arnold, Karina Grandjean, Jean-Marc Barr. Directed, written by Jean-Marc Barr, Pascal Arnold.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Arnold; editor, Brian Schmitt; music, Irina Decermic, Misko Plavi; art director, Francoise Rabut; costume designer, Mimi Lempicka. Reviewed at UGC Orient Express, Paris, Dec. 13, 2001. French & English dialogue. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Jean-Marc Barr, Romain Duris, Elodie Bouchez, Isabelle Candelier.

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