Cédric Klapisch’s “My Piece of the Pie”

Posted: November 18, 2011 by tmepost in Movies
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Opens on DECEMBER 9TH at the IFC CENTER in NEW YORK, and available on VOD NATIONWIDE on DECEMBER 7TH

Directed/Written By: Cedric Klapisch

Starring: Karin Viard, Gilles Lellouche, Audrey Lamy, Jean-Pierre Martins

Distributor: Sundance Selects

TRT: 109 minutes

Genre: Drama/Comedy


Writer/director Cédric Klapisch (L’auberge Espagnole) returns with the energetic and insightful My Piece of the Pie, a contemporary drama with a comedic edge, a timely social bent, and a surprising twist. Actress Karin Viard (Time Out, Avenue Montaigne) is mesmerizing as fiery single mother France, a blue-collar worker who loses her job when the local factory in her French seaside town closes down. Faced with having to support her three children, with no job prospects in sight, France enrolls herself in a housekeeper training program and lands a position cleaning the Paris apartment of handsome but cocky power broker Steve (Gilles Lellouche, Mesrine, Point Blank). France strikes more gold as the perpetual bachelor also hires her to watch his son for a few weeks. Being a part of the millionaire lifestyle, however servient, is not so bad. But what really lies behind Steve’s bullish business ways and brash demeanor? Is he as innocent as France would like him to be? Is she?

Boldly intertwining the theme of personal accountability in today’s money-driven world and a witty odd-couple story, Klapisch steadily unravels how seemingly harmless decisions in business and in life have broader consequences than what one would ever imagine.

About the Filmmaker:
Cédric Klapisch is one of today’s most popular French directors and his movies have regularly been hits at the French box office. Born in 1961, he worked on his first short films in the United States from 1983 to 1985. He started out as a DP to finally become a film director. In 1989, his short film “Ce qui me meut” won several prizes, including the Perspectives of French Cinema Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. He then directed his first feature in 1992, “Little Nothings,” which was nominated for a Cesar Award. His second, “Good Old Daze,” won the 1993 Golden FIPA and Grand Prize at the 1994 Chamrousse Humour Film Festival.

In 1996, “When the Cat’s Away” was released, followed by “Family Resemblances,” his fourth feature which was awarded numerous prizes including three Cesar Awards and the 1997 Lumière for Best Screenplay and Best Director. “Maybe,” starring Romain Duris and Jean-Paul Belmondo, was released in French cinemas in 1999. In 2002, Klapisch returned to social comedy with “L’Auberge Espagnole,” another hit with critics and audiences, and received three nominations for the 2003 César Awards (Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film of the Year). Cédric Klapish followed that film up with “Not for, or Against (Quite the Contrary)”, a gangster movie released in March 2003 in France. The French and foreign success of “L’Auberge Espagnole” drove him to direct a sequel in 2004, “Russian Dolls.” His most recent success was “Paris” starring Juliette Binoche, Melanie Laurent, Romain Duris and Fabrice Lucchini. “My Piece of His Pie” is his current film.



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