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Published December 22nd 2016
Rosalie Blum is one of The Guardians picks of the holiday movies. Fresh off its success at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, known as its biggest hit in 27 years, this film is about how compassion mixed with a bit of forgiveness can change things - all for the better. Although a study in the depiction of loneliness and its consequential search for human and emotional connectedness; Rosalie Blum is also French quirky, heart-warming and life-affirming.
Vincent Machot (Kyon Khojandi), second-generation hairdresser, is on an unwanted errand for his manipulating and domineering mother (Simone Machot) when meets store keeper Rosalie Blum (Noemie Luousky). At this meeting, Vincent experiences a serious case of déjà vu and unknown recognition post which he decides to unravel the mystery of "Rosalie Blum, who are you and where do I know you from". Vincent becomes so intrigued by this unexplained connection he resorts to some old-fashioned intelligence gathering better known by today standards as stalking. I am basically talking stakeouts but done not as covertly as a success undetected outcome would require.
This surveillance story is the screenwriter's Julien Rappeneau Directional debut and he pulls of a very clever play on perspective by presenting three narratives that umbrella the characters of Rosalie; Aude (Alice Issaazx); and Vincent. Set in the beautiful regional France the screenplay was adapted from the original graphically illustrated story by Camille Jourdy.
Rosalie Blum is a movie about chance, correlations and coincidence. Then again, maybe it's just about life in synchronicity.