CRITICAL – This restitution of a classic of French literature is a huge success.
Marc Dugain is an astonishing man. It’s Midas at XXIe century. In his early life, he transformed dying companies into successful businesses. When he took up the pen, he became, from his first novel – The Officers’ Room, Lattès, 1999 – a talented writer. Ditto when he grabbed a camera – An ordinary execution, 2010.
His new film is an adaptation ofEugenie Grandet, by Honoré de Balzac, and he will make children, teachers, parents and moviegoers happy. As in their time The Princess of Cleves (1961), Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) or Colonel Chabert (1994), this restitution of a classic of French literature is a huge success. Because the director knew:
– be faithful to the spirit while freeing oneself from the Balzacian letter;
– respect the sublime language of the time while giving it, through tone and rhythm, a modern color;
– talk less about money than the writer’s pen was trying to do (not without lengths),
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