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Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble) - Film Review

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by Richard Leathem (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Published April 25th 2013
A French time travel comedy drama
Director: Noémie Lvovsky
Cast: Noémie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, Yolande Moreau

Commonly referred to as the French Peggy Sue Got Married, Camille Rewinds is a bitter sweet drama/comedy about a 40 year old woman who goes back in time to when she was 16. She has a chance to take a different path, but armed with fore-knowledge, will she make the same mistakes again?

Camille Rewinds Noemie Lvovsky
Camille rewinds and unwinds

Part of the fun of watching Camille Rewinds is going back to the 80s with the titular character and enjoying the music and the fashion of the time. There's added mirth in watching 48-year old writer / director / actor Noemie Lvovsky playing the teenage Camille, bounding around and dressed like a young Cyndi Lauper.

Camille is determined from the start of her unexpected jaunt back in time not to hook up with her high school sweetheart, Eric (with whom she's just, as a 40 year old, separated from acrimoniously). This resolve, however, is compromised by the fact that if she hadn't begun a relationship with Eric, she wouldn't have her now 23 year old daughter.

Camille Noemie Lvovsky Samir Guesmi
Will Camille make the same mistakes again?

It's easy to see why Camille Rewinds was so huge in France, and impossible not to imagine yourself in the same position and what you might do given the chance to live your formative years over again. It's a wish fulfilment scenario that's bound to draw you in.

Camille Rewinds Noemie Lvovsky
48 year old Noemie Lvovsky plays 16 year old Camille

Nominated for an impressive 13 Cesars (French Oscars) last year, but ultimately beaten by the contrasting Amour, the film never quite hits the heights to warrant such awards attention. Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable trip down someone else's memory lane, and is filled with charmingly comic supporting turns, including cameos from such French screen favourites as Jean-Pierre Leaud and Mathieu Almaric.

The real stand-out though is the versatile Yolande Moreau, as Camille's mother. Her scenes are among the film's most emotionally satisfying.

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Why? A feel-good French comedy drama
Where: At selected cinemas
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