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The Diary of Lady M (1993)

Le journal de Lady M (original title)
She's a beautiful gifted performer, but her work is not the sort that invites popular acclaim. Despite the fact that she is unlikely to become famous, she enjoys her life as a performer who... See full summary »

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Alain Tanner
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Complete credited cast:
Myriam Mézières Myriam Mézières ... M
Juanjo Puigcorbé ... Diego
Félicité Wouassi Félicité Wouassi ... Nuria
Nanou Nanou ... Dancer
Marie Peyrucq-Yamou Marie Peyrucq-Yamou ... Dancer
Gladys Gambie Gladys Gambie ... Dancer
Antoine Basler Antoine Basler ... Man
Makeda Makeda ... Billie
Albert Planes Albert Planes ... Night Porter
Roger Mendri Roger Mendri ... Fighter
Carlota Soldevila Carlota Soldevila ... Woman
Olivier Ceyssens Olivier Ceyssens ... Little Boy
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She's a beautiful gifted performer, but her work is not the sort that invites popular acclaim. Despite the fact that she is unlikely to become famous, she enjoys her life as a performer who lives just outside the mainstream. Awaiting her backstage one evening is a Spanish painter who has seen her show and wants to make her acquaintance. They walk around Paris getting to know one another, and then the painter returns to Spain. Something about the man has moved Lady M to passion: she flies to meet him in Barcelona and he shows her his beloved Catalonia. This time, however, their relationship is as much about passionate lovemaking as it is about compatibility. So smitten is Lady M with her new man that when she discovers that the painter has a black wife and child, she is only a little bit taken aback and she invites his whole family to join her in Paris. Surprisingly, they do, and the number of people sharing their love and sexual appetites changes from two to three. Written by Ørnås

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Switzerland | Spain | Belgium | France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Tagebuch der Lady M. See more »

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Dolby SR

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1.66 : 1
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daring but dull
1 June 2000 | by johan.miloSee all my reviews

When reading reviews of this film(few as they seem to be)the word 'pretentious' is likely to come up, maybe along with 'pompous' or possibly even 'pornographic'. As for the latter label, I wouldn't use it that casually. But I still think the concept of 'baring all' has been taken a bit too far in the name of artistic licence.

The plot; female French(as far as I can tell) night club singer hooks up with soft-spoken Spanish artist and falls madly in love. But her happiness is marred by doubts - who is he really, and what is he hiding from her? Sounds truly original, doesn't it? In fact, the way it's executed, this film invites demanding viewers to smug, sarcastic remarks on a regular basis. But if you manage to stick with it till the end, there are some interesting revelations and even something resembling a plot twist.Unfortunately, the grainy look of the film and the female protagonist's voice-over narration in the form of a diary, will have a high percentage of the audience abandoning ship during the first hour.

The director is a recognized one in Europe. Or was, at least. Since the fairly entertaining 'Messidor' is the single previous work of his that I've seen, I can't say for certain if 'Lady M' is a typical sample from his catalogue. To me, it seems the leading lady Mezières scripted a narcissistic showcase for herself and asked Tanner to get on board and turn on the camera without interrupting or asking too many questions.

Mezières own efforts must to some degree be acknowledged as daring and she does have a stroke of personal charisma. But her attempts at passionate poetry fails because she's preoccupied with posturing. And the director lets her get away with it. Some clever editing, a shot of adrenaline and a healthy dose of humour wouldn't have hurt


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