Cinema: Stale Pastry

DEAR DETECTIVE Directed by Philippe de Broca Screenplay by Philippe de Broca and Michel Audaird

Thanks to the surprise American success of Cousin, Cousine, almost every French comedy is now exported to the U.S. Dear Detective, a dreary account of a middle-aged love affair, is one of the latest such movies to arrive, and it should never have left the Parisian suburbs. This film tries to spin charm by plying the audience with closeups of pastry and long shots of the Eiffel Tower. Not even Maurice Chevalier would have been amused.

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