My Piece of the Pie 2011 UNRATED CC

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(5) IMDb 5.8/10
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France, a single mother from the blighted industrial north, and Steve, a hotshot trader with a keen eye for the killer deal, are thrown together when he's looking for a cleaner and she's looking for a job.

Starring:
Karin Viard, Gilles Lellouche
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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My Piece of the Pie

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Comedy
Director Cédric Klapisch
Starring Karin Viard, Gilles Lellouche
Supporting actors Audrey Lamy, Jean-Pierre Martins, Raphaële Godin, Fred Ulysse, Kevin Bishop, Marine Vacth, Flavie Bataillie, Tim Pigott-Smith, Philippe Lefebvre, Lunis Sakji, Juliette Navis, Camille Zouaoui, Adrienne Vereecke, Guillaume Ranson, Xavier Alcan, Xavier Mathieu, Zinedine Soualem, Rémi Gillodts
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Promise on October 2, 2012
Format: DVD
I'd never heard of the film, the director, or the actors. The opening credits gave me pause. My idea of a good French film is one set either in the charming old streets of Paris or the luscious fields of Provence. This had neither. We're shown a struggling, single mother, with her dark roots showing under her frizzy hair, who has just lost her job at the docks in Dunkirk. Then we see the other side of life in Paris...a financier with the morals of a snake lives and works in glossy opulence. It happens that he is one of the brains who has shut down her factory. As luck would have it, she ends up working as his housekeeper, and then as an impromptu nanny. Her humanity is a constant contrast to his scuzziness and yet the chemistry that builds up between them keeps you guessing.

This is a smart film, not predictable, with a lot of heart. It's moralistic but certainly not grim or preachy; every scene is enjoyable. The cast is perfect. Gilles Lellouche is the embodiment of rich scum and yet, at times, we hope for his redemption. Karen Viardi, who is interestingly named "France" is wonderful as the heroine. The ending made me cheer and cry. This is a sleeper which I hope gets a bigger audience in the US. I highly recommend it. I'm going to look up more of this director's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Siobhan on July 22, 2012
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This film surprised me and what a delight it was along the way. I thought I was headed for a quirked-out French romance. I'm so proud right now [of this production] I can hardly write the review. I'm sorry if it's not a masterpiece. My mind is still caught up in the happenings on the streets of Dunkirk.

A factory closes, negatively affecting the people of Dunkirk. A well-loved worker, in order to support her children, commutes between Paris and home, seeking domestic work. Meanwhile, a wealthy trader used to a Paris/London commute, is looking for a maid. Unexpected events follow.

The plot was meticulous and engrossing, appropriately diverse and never slow.

If you are or ever were a fan of the Hitchcock 1h series, this titillating film will make you smile. It's real-life Hitchcock, with the life breathed into it-- like Alfred would have done it now and it is BEAUTIFUL. The viewer is left with more to talk about after the film ends, just like the best episodes of the Hitchcock era. My Piece of the Pie was amazingly well executed.

Congratulations are due to all involved, but special kudos to the cinematographer [Narrow life = narrow views, expanded heart = wider shots]. Kudos to the director -- seamless, immaculate work! The performances were pristine, raw. So beautifully cast, each character had depth peppered with just enough humanity to keep us guessing.

I loved it all. I think you will agree.
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I woud have given this film more stars because I really love french films..good, bad or ugly if it's french I love it...
The story is set in a seaside town in France, working class region..a factory has made decision to outsource work...a single mother of 3 is now in limbo having to make a decision to take a buy out the company offers or fight/strike..she is overwhelm by the decision making and decides to end her life by taking pills...she is release and decides to takes matters in her own hand and look for another job in Paris..she is trained by her oldest daughter boyfriend father- who teaches and place immigrants in housekeeping jobs..she is a citizen but just needs a job to feed her family..she gets one with mr stocks & bonds...he is busy making money and chasing after really young gilrls..soon his young son visits and she had to neglet her own kids to take care of his..which proves to be good for her because he ends up paying her really well..she bonds with his son and then with him after a dinner date that he could'nt find a date, even explains to him what he's doing wrong in the dating dept..I like all that, but here it 's where it gets weird..well for me..he begins to explain the stock market to her and inadvertently told her that his comapany had something to do with the outsourceing..she snaps***spolier, kidnaps his son and chase ensues..is she's really crazy or just wanted justice for jobs lost..the end....ummmm usually in a french film they would have fallen madly in love..her being older experienced with a family and him with his know how they would find companies that needed workers.. yeah I like my ending better
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By steven on March 10, 2013
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Excellent contemporary commentary on modern banking and finance system. It is no chance the main female character is called "France", she represents all the average people of France, stuffed around by bankers. She is the average employee, citizen. Her boss in Paris is the average selfish, destructive banker, his only loyalties are to money and himself. It could be anywhere in Europe, the UK or USA. Made in 2010 after the GFC, the bankers destroyed France's factory and thus her job, so she has to leave her children to go to Paris to survive. He screws women and businesses for selfish reasons.
Later, the factory workers and France herself fight back, against the banker and the police. The scene of them chanting "France, France" is a wonderful call to protest for the whole Western system. In this case, France the person represents France as a nation of ideals which is being screwed over by bankers and authorities, and France and her workmates start to rise up and resist in anger. The filmmaker is stirring up these awarenesses in the audience, a wake up call to fight back, as France as a nation.France's smile at the end says it all.
This film should be shown in Western nations every night after austerity measures are announced. For example, now in the UK while the bedroom tax is being introduced to UK citizens in government housing. That would be a beautiful use of the film. Its ideas extend beyond France, to international systems, and can relate to any nation undergoing bail outs for banks and austerity measures due to those bail outs.
A surprising little gem of a film, using very accessible and real characters to depict a complex recent social situation we have all lived through.
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