‘A Marvellous Piece of Cinema’


More praise for Nobody Else But You, from Cinema Sentries:

“I have been raving about how much Nobody Else but You feels like a Coen brothers’ film crossed with David Lynch. Honestly, though, it doesn’t feel like either. It’s almost as if Hustache-Mathieu were trying to emulate both, and found his own style somewhere in between. There are definite nods to the Coens and Lynch, but the film stands on its own. Unfortunately – sadly – it is French, which means that it will not get the recognition it deserves. We can only hope that it goes the route of Amelie, and becomes a classic in its own right.

Nobody Else but You saw a New York premiere on May 11, and will be opening in several cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles and Boston (June 8), Santa Fe (June 22), San Francisco/Berkley (July 6), Washington DC (August 3), Philadelphia (August 10), and Minneapolis (August 24). If you are in the area, go see it! Seriously. I can’t say enough about this marvelous piece of cinema.”

Meanwhile, blogger Film Noir Blonde commented, ‘I saw it last year and it’s very good, far better than Dark Shadows (the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie.)’

‘Under the Spell of a Bombshell’

The New York Times has reviewed Nobody Else But You, the new French movie about the death of a Monroe wannabe, opening today in New York and Seattle.

“Of all the American cultural symbols that haunt the film, which borrows from the Coen brothers’ Fargo and from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the most indelible by far is Marilyn Monroe, or rather, the dream of Monroe…

As David doggedly continues and eventually finds his own life in danger, Candice’s troubled history is reconstructed through the flashbacks, beyond-the-grave voice-overs and excerpts from her scandalously revealing diaries. Candice’s story eerily mirrors Monroe’s biography in her choices of an athlete, a writer and a politician as husbands and lovers. The movie blithely exploits popular conspiracy theories about Monroe’s death.

If Nobody Else But You is smart and entertaining, it is a little too clever for its own good. As much as I appreciated Mr. Rouve’s dry deadpan detective writer and Ms. Quinton’s seductive, occasionally poignant pinup, I felt continually nudged by the movie’s winking self-awareness.”

And another review from NPR:

“The kinship between the two blondes is the plotline that will polarize Nobody Else But You‘s viewers. Some will be amused by writer-director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu’s elaborate links between Candice and Marilyn. But others will find them too goofy, especially in a film that presents a fairly grim view of how female stars are constructed and then demolished.”

And from Slant magazine:

“The film’s most interesting angle is its focus on female objectification … But such smart moves are negated by the increasingly ill-conceived plot … films trying to glean some shine from Monroe’s legacy have never fared well, and hitting the bullet points of her story overwhelms Nobody Else But You.”

French Film-maker Inspired by Marilyn

Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, director of Nobody Else But You, spoke to Encore magazine about how Marilyn’s image influenced the movie.

“Where did the idea to take inspiration from Marilyn Monroe come from?
It really wasn’t the intention from the start. The idea was to make a thriller in Mouthe, and to tell the story of an improbable encounter: a detective and a victim, who was already dead.

A surface that you project onto can also metaphorically act as a mirror. What did her image reflect back?
Marilyn epitomises the American Dream, in fact she is the dream. The dream to one day become “somebody”. Yet, she also epitomises the flipside: both the tragedy and the inability to be happy. She was the most famous actress in the world but also “the saddest woman in the world” according to Arthur Miller. She had fame, beauty and men at her feet, but her self-esteem was non-existent. She embodies the subject I wanted to address in my film more than any other person.”

‘Nobody Else But You’ in America

Another positive review for the French-made Nobody Else But You – a comedy thriller about a Monroe wannabe, currently on limited release in the US – from Entertainment Weekly. (Is it just me, or does this sound better than My Week With Marilyn?)

“In this particularly droll and satisfying French murder mystery set in an unusually, almost hilariously cold and snowy corner of France, a local starlet famous for her cheese ads (Sophie Quinton) turns up dead. This piques the interest of a crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) who happens to be in the area. Her intense identification with Marilyn Monroe intrigues him even more. Writer-director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu sustains a fresh voice influenced by the Coen brothers and the infernal snow of FargoA-“

‘Nobody Else But You’ in New York

Nobody Else But You, Gérald Hustache-Mathieu’s ‘neo-noir black comedy’ about a detective investigating the death of a smalltown beauty queen who idolised Marilyn (played by Sophie Quinton), opens at New York’s Cinema Village on May 12, reports GALO Magazine.

The movie – formerly known as Poupoupidou – is in French, with subtitles. After reading Sandra Bertrand’s glowing review, I hope that it will be released in the UK as well.

“Ultimately, the film works not because of its all-too-numerous parallels to Marilyn’s real life, but simply because they exist as Candice’s own loopy projections. In a delectable performance, Quinton was never meant to be a carbon copy of the legendary star (Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn was perfectly cast for that chore). She only imagines herself to be the tragic icon.”

‘Nobody Else But You’ in London

Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You) the French-made murder mystery about a small-town Marilyn wannabe (Sophie Quinton) will be screening at the London Film Festival on October 17 and 20.

I’m hoping this indie flick will get a wider release. Here’s a review by The Film Pilgrim:

“On paper Nobody Else But You sounds slightly ridiculous, but Hustache-Mathieu’s script is darkly humorous and quite entertaining…

The film is undoubtedly backed by some solid performances…Sophie Quinton also deserves praise for her portrayal of a modern day Marilyn Monroe reincarnate. She has the difficult task of embodying the iconic blonde bombshell, as well as giving Candice a distinct voice and personality. Even though there are moments when the parallels between both women seem contrived – affairs with politicians, nude photo shoots etc. – she remains sympathetic and tragic…

…Delightfully frothy and packed with a generous dose of Gallic humour, Nobody Else But You could be a surprise hit among audiences on this side of the Channel.”

 

‘Poupoupidou’

Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You) is a new French movie from writer-director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu. Not only is its title inspired by a line from Marilyn’s ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ from Some Like It Hot, but the film is about a novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) investigating the mysterious death of a small-town celebrity (Sophie Quinton) who believed she was the reincarnation of Monroe.  The story is narrated by the dead woman and includes flashbacks to her past.

The Hollywood Reporter comments, ‘As a Monroe wannabe, Quinton is seductive and enigmatic, though a far cry from the original. But who wouldn’t be?’ Meanwhile, Kitty Packard Pictorial adds, ‘I hope that Mathieu’s film is the invigorating blend of classic Hollywood storytelling and edgy film making that it very much seems it could be.’

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Reviewed at Screen Daily