LET IT RAIN
Fresh French Comedy About Mixed-Up People
Release Date: January 01, 1970
Starring: Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre
Bacri, Jamel Debbouze, Pascale
Arbillot, Mimouna Hadji,
Guillaume de Tonquedec,
Florence Loiret Caille, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Agnès Jaoui
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Jean-Philippe Andraca and
Writer: Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre
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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.
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.