The Squatter

A modest but peppy comedy, competently told, "The Squatter" is unpretentious and enjoyable. Structured tale of a scam artist who takes advantage of a nice guy under false pretenses should fly in Gaul thanks to built-in affection for lead duo. Easy-to-follow but inventive romp will be welcomed by tube programmers offshore. Pic's humor marks Corentin Julius and Alexandre Castagnetti as possible scripting/helming talents to watch.

With:
With: With Titoff, Frederic Diefenthal, Zoe Felix, Agnes Soral, Zinedine Soualem, Feodor Atkine, Patrick Mille, Philippe Maymat, Sacha Bourdo.

A modest but peppy comedy, neatly thesped and competently told, “The Squatter” is unpretentious and enjoyable. Classically structured tale of an amiable scam artist who takes advantage of a nice guy under false pretenses should fly in Gaul thanks to built-in affection for lead duo. Easy-to-follow but reasonably inventive romp will be welcomed by tube programmers offshore. Pic’s straightforward universal humor marks Corentin Julius and Alexandre Castagnetti as possible scripting/helming talents to watch.

Semi-lovable leech Paul (Titoff) has no place to sleep and owes a pimp a hefty debt when he overhears enough details to pose as a non-existent relative of a couple who have lent their lovely furnished Paris apartment to struggling musician Alexandre (Frederic Diefenthal). When Paul knocks, good-natured Alexandre agrees to share the borrowed digs; big mistake. Paul creates serious problems for his unwitting benefactor but also introduces him to reluctant prostitute Cecilia (Zoe Felix), who will enrich Alexandre’s life while Paul undermines it. Cleanly lensed summer romp benefits from clever musical punctuation.

The Squatter

France

Production: A Warner Bros Pictures France release of a Christian Fechner presentation of a Films Christian Fechner, France 2 Cinema, Fechner Prods., Zigzag Prods. production with participation of Canal Plus. (International sales: Roissy Films, Paris.) Produced by Christian Fechner. Executive producer, Herve Truffaut. Associate producers, Alexandra Fechner, Jean-Michel Stazzu. Directed, written by Corentin Julius, Alexandre Castagnetti.

Crew: Camera (color), Laurent Machuel; editor, Sylvie Gadmer; music, Alexandre Castagnetti, Jerome Germond, Clement Marchand; set designer, Dominique Andre. Reviewed at Club de l'Etoile screening room, Paris, Jan. 18, 2004. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: With: With Titoff, Frederic Diefenthal, Zoe Felix, Agnes Soral, Zinedine Soualem, Feodor Atkine, Patrick Mille, Philippe Maymat, Sacha Bourdo.

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