A LA MODE is a pointless series of incidents in the life of a French orphan-turned-fashion-designer, disguised as a coming-of-age film. It will appeal mostly to adolescents and teenagers, who are too young to deal with all the offensive elements of the film, which include foul language, sex and nudity; anyone older will not want to bother.
A LA MODE is a slick story about how a knack for outrageous costumes, a little luck and a literal appetite for money transform a young orphan into the toast of the 1960s’ French fashion world. Fausto starts his apprenticeship with Mietek, a Jewish tailor; but, soon the disciple has surpassed the master, and Fausto is designing outrageous haute couture, while Mietek grumbles and then decides to adopt him. Fausto’s other goal is achieved when a cute female auto mechanic falls for him and becomes his lover, his muse and, ultimately, his wife.
The basic problem with A LA MODE is an identity crisis: it simply does not know what it wants to be. It is half coming-of-age film and two-thirds teen comedy, and the equation does not compute. This film is full of plot, but nothing happens. The incidents are so aimless and disjointed that it is a relief for the viewer when the credits roll. Along the way, there is plenty of sexual and scatological humor, as well as a touch of teen angst and a measure of middle-aged melancholia. It will appeal mostly to adolescents and teenagers, who are too young to deal with all the offensive elements of the film. Anyone older will not want to bother
(NA, LL, V, SS, NNN, A, D, B, M) Pagan worldview; 15 obscenities & 3 profanities; "hazing" in orphanage, car hits pedestrian & some comic violence; implied & depicted fornication; lengthy full female nudity; alcohol & cigarette use; Jewish characters embody traditional, theistic morality; and, much humor derived from sexual or scatological sources.