LET IT RAIN Add To My Top 10

Fresh French Comedy About Mixed-Up People

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Release Date: January 01, 1970

Starring: Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jamel Debbouze, Pascale Arbillot, Mimouna Hadji, Guillaume de Tonquedec, Florence Loiret Caille, and Anne Werner

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 99 minutes

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Content:

(HH, FeFe, B, LL, V, S, A, DD, M) Strong humanist, somewhat amoral worldview with no spiritual content and some strong mentions of feminism in plot about two filmmakers interviewing a feminist politician for a document on “successful women,” but male filmmakers seem to question her feminist ideology, plus some light moral elements such as showing kindness; 14 obscenities (including three “f” words) and zero profanities; some light brief fighting; no depicted sex scenes but implied adultery and kissing; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking and brief marijuana use; and, lying, man caught in a lie and son abandons divorced father and goes off to stay with friend but father gets together with them in the end.

Summary:

LET IT RAIN is a new French comedy about a group of men and women people who find themselves thrown together at a small villa because two of the men have come to interview one of the women about her political campaign. LET IT RAIN is a typical French comedy in style but with some unique situations and characters. There’s too much happening, however, and the story includes some strong foul language and themes of adultery.

Review:

French comedies have a style all their own. LET IT RAIN is a new French comedy about a group of men and women people who find themselves thrown together at a small villa because two of the men have come to interview one of the women about her political campaign.

Michel and his young assistant, Karim, are making a documentary about “successful women.” They have come to the villa of Agathe’s sister, Florence, to interview Agathe, who’s running a political campaign in Paris. Karim is the son of the family’s long-time Algerian maid.

Problems arise because Michel doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. Michel and Karim also like to question Agathe’s feminism, which makes things awkward during the interviews. Finally, he and Karim often disagree, which drags on the filming process for an annoyingly long time.

Eventually, Karim learns that Michel has no support for the movie he’s doing. And, viewers learn that Michel is having an adulterous affair with Florence. Then, Agathe, Karim and Michel get stuck in a rainstorm after an ill-advised location shoot in the countryside goes awry.

LET IT RAIN is a typical French comedy of manners. Even so, its characters and situations are unique, giving the movie a fresh feel. All of the characters seem to be having problems in their personal, professional and family relationships. Out of this chaos, some sympathetic connections are made.

LET IT RAIN seems to have two major problems.

First, there’s a bit too much happening in the story. The above plot description leaves out a lot of situations, including ones with some peripheral but important characters, such as Karim’s wife, Karim’s mother and Michel’s son, who has come to stay with him for part of the summer but goes off to stay with a friend and his family.

Second, the movie lacks a strong moral theme to engage the viewer. Toward the end, for example, it seems as if the movie is finally going to make a negative comment about adultery centering on Michel and Florence’s illicit affair. Then, however [Spoiler Alert], although Florence decides she’s going to break off her affair with Michel and stay with her needy husband, the movie suggests Karim may decide to begin an illicit affair with a female co-worker at the hotel where he works when he’s not filming something with Michel. LET IT RAIN also contains some strong foul language.

In Brief:

French comedies have a style all their own. LET IT RAIN is a new French comedy. It starts with two men, Michel and his young assistant, Karim, coming to interview Agathe, the sister of the owner who’s running a political campaign in Paris. Problems arise because Michel doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. Michel and Karim also question Agathe’s feminism, which also makes things awkward. Finally, he and Karim often disagree, which drags on the filming process for an annoyingly long time. Eventually, Karim learns Michel has no support for the movie he’s doing. And, viewers learn Michel is having an adulterous affair with Agathe’s sister.

LET IT RAIN is a typical French comedy of manners. Even so, its characters and situations are unique, giving the movie a fresh feel. LET IT RAIN seems to have two major problems. First, there’s too much happening in the story. Thus, there are several situations and peripheral characters that we’ve had to leave out here. Second, the movie lacks a strong moral theme to engage the viewer. It fails, for instance, to make a final judgment against the adultery in the plot.