Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense)
Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) (2012)

This film is a bittersweet 'comedie de moeurs' that is French in spirit but universal in appeal. Damien, a Chinese civilization professor, lives with his partner, Iva, a stage director, and their son Noé. The couple's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cath Clarke
Time Out

Kristen Scott Thomas wanders back from time to time to taunt us with what could have been.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The problem is that it's impossible to care about the dull man at the centre when he's surrounded my much more colourfully eccentric characters.

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Guy Lodge
London Evening Standard

Bonitzer is a lithe, literate writer who has penned screenplays for greats such as Jacques Rivette and André Téchiné but it seems he doesn't save his best ideas for himself.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Veering between relationship intrigues and farce, this is not especially moving or particularly funny and yet it's very well acted and quirkily genial.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

An uneven film with occasional moments of genius.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

As though aliens picked up a random Francophone VOD channel and regurgitated their own Scary Movie version of the worst bits back at humankind.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Though beautifully filmed and impeccably acted, the story is just too French, domestic and dull to light the fires of conflict.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

It's like a Haneke plot turned into a comforting boulevard play, but it's subtly observed and extremely well acted ...

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Xan Brooks

The performances are tart and tannic, ensuring the film goes out with a graceful dying fall.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
The Movie Waffler
Damien (Bacri) lectures on Asian culture to French business types looking to gain an advantage in cracking that burgeoning market. His partner, Iva (Thomas), is… More