Look at Me

Director: Agn├Ęs Jaoui
Year Released: 2004
Rating: 1.0

The portly daughter of a famous writer/publisher seeks love from a peer and the affection of her stern ol' Dad, but he isn't an affectionate man and she's an annoying diva; meanwhile, there are characters floating around the periphery who don't command much attention, including the director herself, who plays a vocal coach. I think part of the problem with this is that the synopsis claims it's a "comedy" about, among other things, loneliness and despair, but I don't find it very funny at all because the main characters are too conceited to laugh at (jeer, maybe) - plus, there isn't much of a plot, and the ending doesn't exactly 'solve' any of the interpersonal conflicts (relationships are just as dicey when the end credits roll as they do in the beginning, or is my desire for some form of closure - or at least 'change' - asking too much?). Perhaps it's a French thing, and my American obsession with pudgy people dieting and going the self-improvement route (and not feeling sorry for themselves) and my bias against people who act like/consider themselves 'intellectuals' are causing my film-watching glasses to get foggy. It wouldn't be the first time, as most of you can figure out....