The French know how to do films. With their cinematic offerings always producing the charm and charisma that they are known for. With a beautiful soundtrack and characters masterfully-played by their actor components, Rosalie Blum maintains this reputation by serenading its audience with a lovely tale about lost souls finding one another.
The film begins with Vincent, a hairdresser who’s life is running ahead of him. Living with an overbearing mother, and a very absent girlfriend, Vincent feels lost in his life. This sense of isolation is felt through the haunting soundtrack, expertly provided by Martin Rappeneau, who coincidentally happens to be the director’s brother.
Also at the helm of the screenplay, Julien Rappeneau, (Zulu, The Berma Conspiracy) is quite possibly the standout in this film. Although a wonderful cast of actors, it is the man behind the camera that is the real star of the show. Through his pitch-perfect directing, timing of characters' interactions, and his confidence of presenting a globally successful graphic novel onto the silver screen (Camille Jourdy’s 2007 story of the same name), Rappeneau transcends this delightful film into a great piece of cinema.
Unsurprisingly, Noémie Lvovsky, (Summertime, My Wife is an Actress), brings her outwardly European charm to the film as she plays the mysterious titular character. Quirky, hilarious and a tad strange, Lvovsky plays the heroine we can all relate to, Whereas Vincent portrays the character in our life’s we all become, but aren’t as ready to admit to.
Rosalie Blum is a sweet movie. It is not groundbreaking - nor does it pretend to be. It is a straightforward and lovely tale about coincidences and finding yourself amongst the chaos that can be your own life. The highlight of Rappeneau's film is certainly his cast of wonderful actors, creating the world of Rosalie Blum to be an enchanting one that is suitable for any audience member who has ever felt a little lost.
Rating: 3/5 - A film to watch with your mum on a Sunday afternoon