The Princess of France

The Princess of France movie poster

The Princess of France poster

Watching Matias Pineiro’s The Princess of France just reminded how much I dislike modern theater. I know I’m probably going to anger quite a few of you out there, but I usually find these plays vain, pretentious and lacking scope. To clarify this, I should add that I’m not against theater as a medium, enjoying French playwrights such as Moliere and even having a father who’s spent some time on stage along one of France’s finest. Why am I saying this? Well, known for his adaptations of Shakespeare, Mr. Pineiro’s new movie looks like filmed theater focusing on a group of young actors whose fate remains linked, whether it’s romantically or through Love Labour’s Lost, a play they’ve been working on.

Set in Argentina, the movie centers on Victor (Julian Larquier Tallarini), a young stage director who after a one-year-hiatus decides to get back to his Shakespeare adaptation with most of his original cast. For 67 minutes, we follow him as he reconnects with friends, looks for places to crash, hangs out in parks and visits museums. Most importantly, he is shown to us as a girls’ magnet, most female characters falling for him.

I’m not sure if this story pretends to autobiographical but, as my wife was wisely asking “are we supposed to believe this guy is a player?”, a question which seems to finely summarize this film. Indeed, not only are the characters thin like cigarette-paper, which doesn’t allow you to understand them or even care, but some of the actors fail to convince, more particularly Mr. Tallarini. The script also lacks substance, feeling like a failed attempt to recreate French New Wave’s portraits of a dilettante but intellectual youth. Mr. Pineiro tries to spice things up by tweaking the narrative, showing us the same sequence through different angles, but this isn’t enough to mask the vacuity of his storyline and save us from an hour of boredom.

Director: Matías Piñeiro – Actors: Julián Larquier Tellarini, Agustina Muñoz – Running Time: 1:07 – Year: 2015 – Country: Argentina
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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.
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