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Alice and the Mayor(Alice et le maire)

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France · 2019
1h 43m
Director Nicolas Pariser
Starring Fabrice Luchini, Anaïs Demoustier, Nora Hamzawi, Léonie Simaga
Genre Comedy, Drama

Young philosopher Alice Heimann is recruited from Oxford to go to Lyon and give its mayor ideas as he struggles to stay inspired after many years in politics. Her role in his office forces her to reconcile with the difference between politics in theory and in practice.

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The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

While the rapport between the middle-aged Paul and the thirtyish Alice is a fascinating give-and-take — they are essentially equals because one’s lack of experience is compensated for by the other’s lack of ideas — there is no real room for either to grow or be transformed. Their relationship, while full of exchanges, is finally quite stagnant.


The Playlist by Christian Gallichio

Alice and the Mayor isn’t bad, per se; it’s just routine. Not radical enough to be the political call to action that it so desperately wants to be, and not fully developed enough to the character study that it eventually reverts back to, it’s a strange hybrid of a film, with the two disparate sections never really working in conjunction.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

A movie so enamored by its self-perception of cleverness that even policy wonks will find it hard to muster enthusiasm.

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