11 March 2010 | Mozjoukine
Jugnot scores again.
Stand-out in the current French Film Festival is the Gerard Jugnot ROSE & NOIR, which seems to have something to upset everyone, getting knocking reviews as dumpy Gerard comes on as a fashionista sent to Inquisition era Spain, setting out with a team that includes a Protestant terrorist, a Jew, an Arab, a "sodomite" and an eleven year old Prince, whose bride's gown he is delivering. Filmed on the same lavish costume period scale as Jugnot's lot's IL NE FAUT JURER ... DE RIEN! and it's even better.
This needs to be seen on the big screen.Great design, great images, great score and some great performances. As well as Jugnot, Bernard le Coq has come into his own as a character actor and the Spanish grotesques dominate. The ending could be stronger but what the heck?