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Press on Francoise Romand's films 

Mix-up ou Meli-Melo

Documentary 60mn

  • In England in 1936, two female babies are exchanged by mistake. The truth erupts 18 years later thanks to the tenacity of one of the mothers who suspected this from the first day.
  • "A deliciously oddball movie... sounds like the synopsis for a hilarious if cruel comedy... 

    Mix-up has some of the style of Peter Greenaway's "Falls" and "The Draughtsman's Contract"... it's the work of a filmaker of original vision..."

    Vincent CANBY - New-York Times

    "... her intelligence and point of view -along with her youth and foolhardiness- is manifest in every frame..." David EDELSTEIN - Village Voice

    "As interesting as the story of "Mix Up" is the way Romand tells it : a queer, distanced, high-tech style, with carefully composed and balanced frames, symbolic settings and many obviously scripted and staged scenes. There's a pristine, farcical quality about the style, but it's very overcomposed rigor ironically suggests the absurdity of a world where havoc can be wreaked by mere chance, where things simply can't be controlled.

    Mix Up is as unique and interesting a documentary as you're likely to see for quite a while."

    Michael WILMINGTON - Los Angeles Times

    "Her highly stylized presentation of what it all meant is at once a collective psychoanalysis, a danse and humorous 19 th-century novel with Dickensian characters, an essay on representation, a poetic integration of portraiture with domestic architecture, and a tragicomic existential melodrama.

    Having seen this film about half a dozen times, I've found that it grows in power and resonance with every viewing. 

    Romand's attack on her material seems intuitive rather than theorical or intellectual, but the seriousness and thoroughness with which she persues it -not only charting the process of two families reassessing their behavior and experiences, but also contriving to bring this process about- create a formal beauty and a witty precision in framing, pacing, editing, use of music, and mise en scene that is inseparable from the film's ethical and philosophical project 

    My favorite film in my choice of Ten Best Movies of 1988."

    Jonathan ROSENBAUM - Reader Chicago

    "... But the film is consistently funny and poignant; at times raucous and roughhewn and at times affectingly delicate..." Michael SRAGOW - San Francisco Examiner


    Call Me Madame
    Documentary 52mn
  • In a small village in France, a 55-year-old married man and communist activist becomes a transsexual with the help of his/her wife. His/her teenage son, however, has some qualms.
  • Huguette Voidies et Ovida Delect
  • "Miss Romand makes documentaries that looks like those of nobody else. Though she sticks to facts, they're often facts that few writers of supposedly serious fiction would dare to touch except under pseudonym...

    ...It's enough, as in fiction, that the film maker is able to persuade us to share her curiosity, surprise or point of view..."

    Vincent CANBY - New-York Times

    Passe-Compose Past Imperfect
    Fiction 95mn

      Laurence Masliah et Féodor Atkine
  • A war photographer trying to forget his past pulls a mysterious woman out of the sea in Tunisia. She is suffering from amnesia and doesn't want to deal with her past.
  • "...This film could have been an obscure dead-end, a work without a way out. But director Francoise Romand doesn't let herself get fooled by the story. She intersperses her images with amusing little bits and suffuses it with style. The result is an extremely original film, poetic and out-of-the-ordinary, that has just been selected for the prestigious Critics Week in Venice."

    Francoise MAUPIN

    "... it's a provocative, troubling and haunting spellbinder just the same, beautifully shot and originally conceived. The sound track is especially striking."

    Jonathan ROSENBAUM - Reader Chicago

    Vice Vertu et Vice Versa

    Fiction 90m
      Florence Thomassin Marc Lavoine Anne Jacquemin

    A high price whore moves in next door to a divorced well educated upright woman desperately looking for work. A quid pro quo will change both of their lives. 

    "The moral tale attracted Francoise Romand... she turned to Truffaut‚s "Vivement dimanche!" with its mischievous darkness, and to Demy‚s bittersweet "Lola" and the "Demoiselles de Rochefort" (without the songs)..."

    Gilles VERDIANI -Premiere

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