The Role of Her Life | Chicago Reader

The Role of Her Life

Karin Viard (Time Out, The Ax) won a French Cesar for her role in this 2004 drama, as a timid journalist who becomes personal assistant to a movie star (Agnes Jaoui of Look at Me) and mistakenly regards her as a friend. Director and cowriter Francois Favrot subtly orchestrates the mounting tension between the women, noting the actress's caprice and narcissism as well as the assistant's toxic self-abasement. But the movie's tone and psychological realism are badly undermined by a strained romantic triangle involving the star's gardener (Jonathan Zaccai), who too quickly surrenders his principles and becomes her buffoonish plaything. In French with subtitles. 100 min.


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