Shopping

This 2002 feature from Luxembourg opens with a promising credit sequence: as the camera dollies through a superstore, a wide-angle lens captures the dizzying labyrinth of shopping possibilities. Unfortunately the rest of the movie never quite lives up to that promise. A repo man making his rounds encounters a variety of characters and excuses, from the genuinely poor to a high-living fellow who hides behind a phony address. The drama becomes too calculated to be convincing, but some sequences do get at the theme: as the repo man's wife sits in a BMW with his shopaholic friend, the car salesman's pitch and their responses become decidedly sexual, and after the two consumers end up between the sheets, a TV commercial prompts them to phone in an order. Lauren Brandenbourger and Philippe Boon directed; in French with subtitles. 80 min.

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