Directed by Chantal Akerman
hypersophisticated," one critic called it. "Goofy formalism," wrote
another. "Goofy deconstruction of the musical." It all adds up, to everyone's
delight, to pure, playful pleasure. The first hour, shot on video, is a montage of
auditions for parts in a musical comedy. Songs and choreography are rehearsed, repeated,
and revised by actors responding to offscreen direction by Akerman. The second part, shot
in 35mm, is the wonderful, wholly satisfying pay-off; a musical extravaganza set in a
shopping mall. French with English subtitles. 85 minutes.