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Not on the Lips!

Pas Sur La Bouche

Not on the Lips!

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Nanty, Audrey Tautou, Pierre Arditi, Darry Cowl, Jalil Lespert, Daniel Prévost, Lambert Wilson, Berangere Allaux, Françoise Gillard,

year: 2003

colour: no

certificate: PG

director: Alain Resnais

runtime: 115

Resuscitating (and refurbishing) a 1925 musical that froths with satiric wit, Resnais’s cast (using their own voices, with no dubbing) captures the rhythms and infectious lilt of one delightful melody after another. Not only solos, but a duet rhapsodizing about love while mercilessly dropping lobsters into boiling water, a virginity quartet (“It’s no fun being number 2!”), and even a sextet and a septet. There are list songs, a tribute to French argot, and even a paean to the pleasures of spying through a keyhole... Valandray who belives in marital bliss as long as a man is his wife’s first and only husband, knows nothing about her marriage to Eric Thomson. Only Gilberte’s sister, Arlette Poumaillac (Yolande Moreau), still single, knows the secret. But what would happen if, by pure chance, Georges Valandray were to start doing business with Eric Thomson and forge a friendship with him?

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