- Director: Olivier Assayas
- Writer: Olivier Assayas
- Producer: Charles Gillibert
Basically, this is about the printed book versus the e-book...it's a debate that presents itself, monotonously, repetitvely and incessantly through various conversations...yes, it is as boring as it sounds.
Let's get to the crux of the argument...e-books are all about accessibility, they are cheaper [by far], the font can be increased, they take up [literally] no space, they are paperless, they define obscure words instantaneously [no need for that heavy dictionary...there goes another book!]...in fact, it's a no-brainer, e-books win hands down.
Good grief...you can hear the traditionalists [those bookish reactionaries] wail and holler with contempt. Get off your elitist high-horses! Pragmatically, e-books win by playing the aces: Economics and environment. Whatever is [actually] written does not change what is written just because it is viewed on a different medium. Get over it and move on!
Alas...Olivier Assayas refuses to move on, he even introduces a mind-numbing political discourse...heaps of infidelity, an obsession with The White Ribbon...and, a bit of bisexuality to keep things 'interesting' - this is all wrapped around an absolute louse of a writer.
The 'Juliette Binoche' joke, the ridiculously happy ending with that horrific closing song...totally bemusing.
It's verbose, it's monotonous...it's pseudo-intellectualism at its worst. The funniest thing about this film is...it calls itself a comedy. No-one's laughing.
Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.