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Parting Shot

Judith Godrèche (Photo by Henny Garfunkel)

There’s a great tradition of acclaimed French actresses crossing over into larger budget Hollywood films, both good and bad: Isabelle Huppert in Heaven’s Gate; Catherine Deneuve in Hustle; Audrey Tautou in The Da Vinci Code. And while there’s a tradition too of French actresses appearing in American independent films — Huppert again in Hartley’s Amateur and, more recently, Adèle Exarchopoulos in, briefly, Matt Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker — French stars appearing in such uninhibited, ultra-low budget comedies as Patrick Brice’s The Overnight, a Sundance premiere headed to theaters via The Orchard this June, are a far rarer occurrence. […]

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