Just a really enjoyable romp, from Malle. A touching bildungsroman, a funny comedy of manners. The strange finale (no spoilers) feels more sweet than anything. Odd but it works.
Great jazz too.
Hugely disappointing follow up to Carney's brilliant Once, and diverting Begin Again. I have four main issues with this film:
1). The main actor is horribly miscast - I wanted to watch a film about his brother, or his other band-mates more than him - the pretentious, pious arse.
2). The film begins well - its funny and I was settling in for a sweet, simple story about the minutiae of growing pains. Very quickly, the film abandons any interest…