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Favourites of the Moon

1984 1h 41m Crime Drama Comedy List
86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
This film, set in Paris, focuses on a group of random characters who intermingle in various ways when they come into contact with a piece of 18th-century china and a 19th-century painting. These objects are possessed, if but for a brief time, by thieves, a terrorist, a police chief, a teacher, punk musicians, prostitutes, aristocrats and many others, with each character forced to reflect on existential dilemmas before the object passes to another. Read More Read Less

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Vincent Canby New York Times You can laugh with it, if you're willing to believe that the film makers are as witty as they keep announcing without demonstrating, or you can be awestruck by the amount of care, money and talent that appear to have been spent for so little effect. Feb 10, 2020 Full Review Chris Peachment Time Out What unifies the episodes is a patient moral scourging of our greed and futile desires; but where the British would use satire, this opts for the French form of Tatiesque anarchy and fun. And fun it certainly is. Feb 10, 2020 Full Review Mark Le Fanu Sight & Sound Les Favoris de la Lune fascinates by its opacity. Feb 10, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com An absurdist, elliptical film that demonstrates the joyful, naive, disjointed and often apathetic nature of human interaction and existence. Rated: 4/5 Nov 4, 2020 Full Review TV Guide Staff TV Guide Though it revolves around certain classical themes and structures, Favorites Of The Moon takes off in a number of different directions simultaneously, seemingly haphazardly, but actually with a specific, though obscure, structure. Rated: 3.5/5 Apr 4, 2011 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice Otar Iosseliani's idiosyncratic French movie Favorites of the Moon is a charming and consistently interesting meditation on the bizarre twists of fate that draws people and possessions together and then apart again. Feb 18, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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chris k 'Les favoris de la lune' is a strange film: its story remains opaque through the very end, though some motifs can sometimes be revealed. Its incomprehensibility is undoubtedly annoying, or even tiring, but the film remains surprisingly charming throughout and eventually succeeds in creating a cohesive work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member 'Les Favoris de la lune' is the first French film by Georgian born director Otar Iosseliani. There's not much point trying to explain the plot, because really there isn't much of one. The best way to describe it would be to say it's like Altman's 'Short Cuts', only Parisian style. The film follows a wealth of different characters from terrorists to New Wave singers. What does link all these characters together though is that they all seem to have something to do with an 18th century dinner set and a 19th century painting. Admittingly some of the episodes were rather funny but I'll also admit I was a little disappointed, especially since Iosseliani's earlier work looks so good. That said, it's still worth watching if you get the chance. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis This film, set in Paris, focuses on a group of random characters who intermingle in various ways when they come into contact with a piece of 18th-century china and a 19th-century painting. These objects are possessed, if but for a brief time, by thieves, a terrorist, a police chief, a teacher, punk musicians, prostitutes, aristocrats and many others, with each character forced to reflect on existential dilemmas before the object passes to another.
Director
Otar Iosseliani
Producer
Philippe Dussart
Screenwriter
Gérard Brach, Otar Iosseliani
Genre
Crime, Drama, Comedy
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 22, 2016
Runtime
1h 41m
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