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Miss and the Doctors (Tirez la langue, mademoiselle)

Miss and the Doctors (Poster)

Miss and the Doctors (Tirez la langue, mademoiselle)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Louise Bourgoin, Cédric Kahn, Laurent Stocker

year: 2014

colour: yes

certificate: -12

director: Axelle Ropert

runtime: 100

Boris and Dimitri, two brothers, share a paediatric practice in the Chinese area of Paris.
One evening, they treat a young diabetic patient. She is being raised by Judith a delightful single mum (Louise Bourgoin). Both soon fall in love with her. The possibility of sharing a life with this woman and her daughter represents something quite different for each brother.

The film director, Axelle Robert, has succeded in creating a beautiful drama full of passion and wit.


07/06/2014 - writers_reign said :

The bottom line is that I enjoyed this film in spite of Axelle Robert's attempts to withhold information and offer an implausible story line. For example despite modern dress, modern cars, etc, we are not specifically told at what period the film is set until around about the seventh or eighth reel one of the characters mentions that he was born in 1972 and the character is clearly in his thirties, we are thus able to work out that the film is taking place in the 21st century; more? one of the leading characters is described as an alcoholic and is shown at AA meetings yet he seems the picture of health and appears to have no problems that would encourage him to seek solace in alcohol and nor is any explanation given, i.e. why bother to mention his alcoholism when it doesn't have a bearing on the story; more? I have been going to Paris on average three times a year for roughly twenty years, I go primarily to watch French films, roughly half at cinemas du quartier located all over the city and I often walk across the city to do this yet I was at a loss to know the location of the film - despite several outdoor scenes - until in the last reel one character, Cedric Kahn, bumps into someone who had left town and says 'when did you come back to Paris? more? The two male leads are not only brothers but also doctors and improbably they insist on working in tandem, seeing patients with common-or-garden problems as a team when clearly if they divided the case load they could see twice as many patients; as if that weren't enough they think nothing of making house calls for the most innocuous illnesses, something that, in 21st century England at least, is practically unheard of. And yet, as I noted at the top of the piece, despite all these caveats I found the film had a large element of left-handed charm and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys feel-good cinema.


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