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Count Your Blessings(1959)

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  • Purposeless Plot And Continental Rational

    • Joy
    • 10/21/13

    At first I thought I was watching a movie about a war ravaged romance. Then I thought I was watching a movie about a British woman forced to deal with the stresses of surviving a war alone while raising her young fatherless son. After that I thought I was watching a movie about a reunited culturally blended family attempting to make a go of it after 9 years of estrangement. I couldn't be more wrong. This turned out to be a movie about hypocritical counseling from one French philanderer about another. As the "wise" uncle-counselor, M. Chevalier rationalizes to the despondent and confused Miss Kerr; "you married a Frenchman. You cannot make him into an Englishman or an American . . . If you want to be happy you have to think like a Frenchwoman". With that Deborah Kerr responds with the only logical response in the movie; "we'll it seems as if I'm expected to do all the changing. It's a bit one sided don't you think? And why can't marriage change both husband and wife? . . ." And the scene that sums it all up; as his son watches on, Rossano Brazzi unapologetically ogles Parisian beauties for his offspring to observe. Back at the bachelor's "pad" as his son pours his own glass of wine, all little Sigi is missing is a copy of Hustler magazine to make the transition from proper English boy to French man about town complete. And they all lived happily ever after. Even when one ignores the lack of fidelity from these French womanizers and the strange evolution of movie plot, no one paying even partial attention, should be able explain Rossanno Brazzi playing a Frenchman. Really?

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    • 3/7/12

    Englishwoman gets swept up by a Frenchman during the war. They marry and he is gone nine years. He comes back, meets his son and they encounter his "distraction" during the interim. Their mores clash; they talkety talk and somehow it all comes right in the end. Not a bad story. Anything can happen in the movies, right? Not this time. It played out that way, but nothing ever "happened" in this. It needed artificial respiration, but never got it. It just comes off artificial.There are beautiful locations and sets. You think -- surely with Deborah Kerr. You think -- surely with Rossano Brazzi. There are attractiveness and talent available ... But it never connects in this very lame presentation. Brazzi just plods along with the program. Ms. Kerr tries to infuse enthusiasm several times, but, well, at times I was embarrassed for her. Chevalier approaches it bravely, just chattering along obliviously.While Ms. Kerr is a gifted, beautiful and enduring actress, she doesn't pull it off every time. She can over-emote and requires some rein on that. Brazzi seems about the same in everything. No doubt, he is a gorgeous specimen, but his abilities are such that he can't carry it on his own. They could have both used some able directorial assistance here. What happened? What didn't happen? Whatever it was, it just doesn't work.

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