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renown_NN
surrealist_JJ
director_NN
,_,
the_DT
77-year-old_NN
frenchman_NN
alain_NP
resnais_NP
(_(
hiroshima_NP
,_,
mon_???
amour_NN
/_SYM
last_VB
year_NN
at_IN
marienbad_NP
/_SYM
m_NN
?_?
lo_UH
)_(
,_,
has_HVZ
created_VBN
a_DT
lighthearted_JJ
musical_JJ
played_VBD
as_CS
an_DT
homage_NN
to_IN
britisher_NN
dennis_NP
potter_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
pennies_NNS
from_IN
heaven_NN
(_(
1986_CD
tv_NN
serial_NN
,_,
1986_CD
movie_NN
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
singing_NN
detective_NN
(_(
1986_CD
)_)
._.
the_DT
film_NN
follows_VBZ
potter_NN
's_POS
gimmicky_JJ
style_NN
of_IN
having_HVG
the_DT
characters_NNS
jump_VB
into_IN
lip-synched_JJ
old_JJ
or_CC
contemporary_JJ
french_JJ
pop_NN
songs_NNS
to_IN
express_NN
their_PP$
private_JJ
thoughts_NNS
._.
he_PP
also_RB
follows_VBZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
sweet_JJ
and_CC
colorful_JJ
musicals_NNS
his_PP$
fellow_NN
countryman_NN
jacques_NP
demy_???
loved_VBD
to_IN
direct_JJ
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
"_"
the_DT
umbrellas_NNS
of_IN
cherbourg_NP
"_"
and_CC
"_"
the_DT
young_JJ
girls_NNS
of_IN
rochefort_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
tale_NN
has_HVZ
resnais_NP
's_POS
unique_JJ
touches_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
director_NN
to_IN
go_VB
along_IN
with_IN
his_PP$
homage_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
satire_NN
about_IN
class_NN
differences_NNS
and_CC
falling_VBG
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
the_DT
wrong_JJ
person_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
song_NN
in_IN
everyone_PN
's_POS
heart_NN
for_IN
every_DT
occasion_NN
._.
what_WDT
hinders_VBZ
this_DT
production_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
the_DT
stars_NNS
are_BER
not_XNOT
portraying_VBG
particularly_RB
engaging_VBG
characters_NNS
,_,
the_DT
songs_NNS
are_BER
not_XNOT
memorable_JJ
and_CC
stand_VB
little_DT
chance_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
recognized_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
american_JJ
audience_NN
(_(
the_DT
exceptions_NNS
might_MD
be_BE
the_DT
edith_NP
piaf_???
and_CC
maurice_NP
chevalier_NN
numbers_NNS
)_)
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
farce_NN
seems_VBZ
more_DT
banal_JJ
than_CS
daring_JJ
._.
yet_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
without_IN
its_PP$
striking_JJ
moments_NNS
and_CC
charms_NNS
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
when_CS
jane_NP
birkin_NP
does_DOZ
a_DT
cameo_???
and_CC
sings_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
her_PP$
own_DT
songs_NNS
._.
also_RB
,_,
the_DT
glossy_JJ
amberlike_NN
photography_NN
added_VBD
a_DT
very_RB
french_JJ
romantic_JJ
feeling_NN
to_IN
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
mood_NN
of_IN
paris_NP
as_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
place_NN
for_IN
love_NN
to_IN
flourish_NN
above_IN
all_PDT
else_RB
,_,
which_WDT
has_HVZ
always_RB
been_BEN
embellished_VBN
in_IN
movie_NN
lore_NN
,_,
comes_VBZ
through_IN
with_IN
flying_VBG
colors_NNS
._.
it_PP
also_RB
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
of_IN
showing_VBG
you_PP
the_DT
way_NN
paris_NP
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
1990s_CD
and_CC
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
ordinary_JJ
people_NN
exist_VB
there_RB
._.
it_PP
tells_VBZ
the_DT
romantic_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
six_CD
parisians_NNS
who_WP
become_VB
intertwined_JJ
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
in_IN
their_PP$
ordinary_JJ
lives_NNS
as_IN
they_PP
search_NN
for_IN
happiness_NN
._.
they_PP
are_BER
the_DT
attractive_JJ
sisters_NNS
odile_JJ
(_(
sabine_JJ
az_???
?_?
ma_NN
)_)
and_CC
camille_NP
(_(
agnes_NP
jaoui_???
)_(
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
older_JJR
businesswoman_NN
odile_NN
married_VBD
and_CC
decidedly_RB
set_VB
on_IN
a_DT
bourgeois_JJ
life_NN
of_IN
material_NN
comforts_NNS
._.
she_PP
is_BEZ
married_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
glum_JJ
and_CC
laconic_JJ
claude_NP
(_(
pierre_NP
arditi_NN
)_)
._.
she_PP
once_RB
went_VBD
out_RP
with_IN
a_DT
businessman_NN
,_,
nicolas_NP
(_(
jean-pierre_NP
bacri_???
)_(
,_,
who_NP
left_VBD
her_PP$
8-years_NNS
ago_RB
and_CC
now_RB
shows_VBZ
up_RP
in_IN
paris_NP
and_CC
asks_VBZ
her_PP$
help_NN
to_IN
find_VB
someone_PN
to_IN
rent_NN
a_DT
flat_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
._.
simon_NP
(_(
andre_NP
dussolier_NN
)_)
works_NN
as_IN
a_DT
real-estate_JJ
salesman_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
trying_VBG
to_TO
find_VB
nicolas_NP
a_DT
flat_NN
,_,
in_IN
his_PP$
spare_JJ
time_NN
he_PP
writes_VBZ
radio_NN
plays_VBZ
._.
simon_NP
's_POS
boss_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
much_RB
younger_JJR
,_,
unscrupulous_JJ
and_CC
arrogant_JJ
marc_NP
duveyrier_NN
(_(
lambert_NP
wilson_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
inherited_VBD
the_DT
firm_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
the_DT
real-estate_JJ
agent_NN
selling_VBG
a_DT
more_DT
luxurious_JJ
and_CC
larger_JJR
flat_NN
with_IN
a_DT
better_JJR
view_NN
to_IN
odile_JJ
,_,
but_CC
fails_VBZ
to_TO
tell_VB
her_PP$
that_DT
a_DT
building_NN
project_NN
is_BEZ
going_VBG
up_RP
soon_RB
that_CS
will_MD
block_VB
her_PP$
view_NN
._.
screenwriters_NNS
and_CC
actors_NNS
jean-pierre_NP
bacri_???
and_CC
agnes_NP
jaoui_???
wrote_VBD
themselves_PPX
the_DT
best_JJS
parts_NNS
._.
jaoui_???
's_BEZ
camille_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
university_NN
scholar_NN
finishing_JJ
up_IN
a_DT
ph_NN
._.
d_NN
._.
in_IN
history_NN
,_,
using_VBG
for_IN
her_PP$
thesis_NN
the_DT
study_NN
of_IN
'the_???
yeomen_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
year_NN
1000_CD
at_IN
lake_NN
paladru_???
._.
'_"
she_PP
works_VBZ
as_CS
a_DT
tour_NN
guide_NN
in_IN
the_DT
meantime_NN
and_CC
suffers_VBZ
from_IN
panic_NN
attacks_NNS
,_,
even_RB
though_CS
she_PP
appears_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
outwardly_RB
perfect_JJ
self-control_NN
._.
on_IN
her_PP$
tours_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
last_OD
four_CD
years_NNS
has_HVZ
been_BEN
the_DT
much_DT
older_JJR
simon_NP
,_,
pretending_VBG
to_IN
be_BE
doing_DOG
research_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
plays_NNS
but_CC
really_RB
attracted_VBN
to_IN
her_PP$
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
having_HVG
the_DT
nerve_NN
to_IN
tell_VB
her_PP$
this_DT
._.
to_IN
his_PP$
dismay_NN
,_,
he_PP
finds_VBZ
out_RP
she_PP
is_BEZ
dating_VBG
his_PP$
mean-spirited_JJ
but_CC
handsome_JJ
boss_NN
,_,
whom_WP
she_PP
meets_VBZ
when_CS
looking_VBG
at_IN
her_PP$
sister_NN
's_POS
new_JJ
place_NN
and_CC
seeing_VBG
him_PP
crying_NN
but_CC
not_XNOT
realizing_VBG
that_DT
it_PP
was_BEDZ
from_IN
a_DT
cold_JJ
,_,
not_XNOT
because_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
so_RB
sensitive_JJ
._.
bacri_???
as_IN
the_DT
classy_JJ
nicolas_NP
,_,
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
now_RB
working_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
chauffeur_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
hypochondriac_NN
with_IN
a_DT
history_NN
of_IN
depression_NN
who_WP
visits_NNS
many_DT
doctors_NNS
,_,
until_CS
he_PP
finds_VBZ
one_CD
who_NP
tells_VBZ
him_PP
there_RB
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
wrong_JJ
with_IN
him_PP
._.
odile_JJ
still_RB
pines_VBZ
for_IN
him_PP
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
married_JJ
,_,
telling_VBG
her_PP$
he_PP
expects_VBZ
his_PP$
wife_NN
to_IN
arrive_VB
shortly_RB
._.
love_NN
is_BEZ
'the_???
same_DT
old_JJ
song_NN
'_"
that_CS
makes_VBZ
the_DT
world_NN
go_VB
'round_IN
,_,
even_RB
when_CS
all_PDT
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
liars_NNS
and_CC
not_XNOT
exactly_RB
open_JJ
to_IN
what_WDT
their_PP$
true_JJ
motives_NNS
are_BER
._.
everything_PN
comes_VBZ
together_RB
in_IN
a_DT
bourgeois_JJ
housewarming_NN
party_NN
for_IN
odile_JJ
's_POS
place_NN
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
characters_NNS
reveal_VB
their_PP$
true_JJ
feelings_NNS
and_CC
all_PDT
their_PP$
deceptions_NNS
and_CC
neurotic_JJ
impulses_NNS
are_BER
either_RB
uncovered_VBN
or_CC
about_IN
to_TO
be_BE
._.
there_RB
's_POS
not_XNOT
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
bite_NN
to_IN
this_DT
satirical_JJ
musical_JJ
,_,
but_CC
resnais_NP
has_HVZ
never_RB
made_VBN
a_DT
bad_JJ
film_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
current_JJ
french_JJ
directors_NNS
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
the_DT
best_JJS
._.
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
one_CD
his_PP$
great_JJ
ones_NNS
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
still_RB
has_HVZ
enough_DT
pep_VB
in_IN
its_PP$
light_NN
touches_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
interesting_JJ
._.
it_PP
not_XNOT
only_RB
has_HVZ
an_DT
odd_JJ
way_NN
for_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
to_IN
break_NN
into_IN
song_NN
but_CC
--_???
some_DT
males_NNS
even_RB
sing_VB
in_IN
a_DT
female_JJ
voice_NN
while_CS
some_DT
females_NNS
sing_VB
in_IN
a_DT
male_JJ
voice_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
interesting_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
it_PP
examines_VBZ
its_PP$
characters_NNS
'_"
behavior_JJ
as_CS
being_BEG
similar_JJ
in_IN
business_NN
as_IN
in_IN
love_NN
._.