What's In A Name?
We believe films should address the ying and the yang of your life. We were in an artsy and serious mood, so we set out to watch an intense film. We settled on the highly-rated sad, but uplifting story about two Holocaust survivors who find each other decades later after thinking the other is dead (trust us you will cry at the perseverance of the human spirit in Remembrance). After drying our tears, we were craving a comedy. Enter the French delight, Le Prénom (What's In A Name?") (2013). The premise is simple. It's set mainly around a dinner party among friends and siblings in an enviable bohemian-chic flat. The guests and hosts launch into a spirited and at times, highly contentious, debate over what one of the couple's should name their soon-to-be first-born. Manners go out the window with political-correctness, and the dinner devolves with each course. We laughed out-loud! We cringed. Our jaws dropped. We gasped. The pregnant character lights up, (We took a deep, dramatic breath and let out a strained "Oh mon Dieu!"). In short, the film offered a comedic feast. To add to the spectacular chaos on the screen, the Moroccan menu that the hostess prepares made us want to cook up our own glorious tagine. The NY Times review (warning it contains spoilers, and we think you should watch the film without knowing the story line!) said the film has an "intellectual snob appeal". Cheeky! See it for yourself to decide.
Picture Credits: Le Prénom