Hunting and Gathering

Hunting and Gathering

Hunting and Gathering

This richly nuanced romantic comedy, adapted from a bestselling novel, tells a story of four solitary individuals whose emotional lives seem, at the outset, to be totally stalled.

Audrey Tautou is the baleful, incipiently anorexic Camille, who cleans offices at night; Guillaume Canet is a hard-living chef who softens up only for his increasingly cranky grandmother Paulette. Laurent Stocker is his housemate, a young man with the fussy demeanor of an aging aristocrat – and a mortifying stutter. 

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Beautifully Shot

I loved this film. The settings were beautiful, from the pretty garden belonging to the grandmother, to the centuries old apartment. The relationships between the main characters were a little predictable but lovely all the same. The only one which was a puzzle was with Philli at the end, where we find out that the girl he'd sold 5 postcards to, and he, had...

4.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

The film has a subdued tone but holds our attention with its articulate dialogue and acute direction. It's only near the end we realise that in fact [director] Berri has fashioned a multi faceted love story out of the book's core, serving his audience with a palatable mixture of drama, comedy and romance.

Berri, whose career is studded with movie diamonds such as Jean de Florette, Lucie Aubrac and Femme de Menage (The Housekeeper), teases out the relationships between the characters to overcome the difficulties of adapting the novel. And this is the film's great strength: he tells their stories, and we feel their ups and downs, growing to understand them all, at least as much as it's possible to understand the bizarre and unique nature of our fellow human beings. In that respect, the film is highly satisfying.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

To many people, Audrey Tautou will be forever Amelie, a character they either loved or loathed. More moderate responses are as rare as current films about French political life. These days, romantic comedies rule and if you're among Tautou's fans, this isn't a bad one. For me, her appeal lies in the fact that there's a hint of irascibility lurking behind the sweet face and the impish manner, and in Hunting And Gathering, she gets a chance to give it a workout.

3.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

The film has a subdued tone but holds our attention with its articulate dialogue and acute direction. It's only near the end we realise that in fact [director] Berri has fashioned a multi faceted love story out of the book's core, serving his audience with a palatable mixture of drama, comedy and romance.

Berri, whose career is studded with movie diamonds such as Jean de Florette, Lucie Aubrac and Femme de Menage (The Housekeeper), teases out the relationships between the characters to overcome the difficulties of adapting the novel. And this is the film's great strength: he tells their stories, and we feel their ups and downs, growing to understand them all, at least as much as it's possible to understand the bizarre and unique nature of our fellow human beings. In that respect, the film is highly satisfying.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

To many people, Audrey Tautou will be forever Amelie, a character they either loved or loathed. More moderate responses are as rare as current films about French political life. These days, romantic comedies rule and if you're among Tautou's fans, this isn't a bad one. For me, her appeal lies in the fact that there's a hint of irascibility lurking behind the sweet face and the impish manner, and in Hunting And Gathering, she gets a chance to give it a workout.

3.0

Beautifully Shot

I loved this film. The settings were beautiful, from the pretty garden belonging to the grandmother, to the centuries old apartment. The relationships between the main characters were a little predictable but lovely all the same. The only one which was a puzzle was with Philli at the end, where we find out that the girl he'd sold 5 postcards to, and he,...

4.0