Cinema: Pique in Darien

Pique in Darier

About 15 seconds into The April Fools, the film makers decide to UP THE VOLUME BY HAVING THE CAST DECLAIM THEIR LINES AT THE HEIGHT OF THE DECIBEL SCALE. From that point on, the din is ferocious, searing the hearing with a series of clangorous sketches.

A harried stockbroker, Brubaker (Jack Lemmon), lives on a pique in Darien, Conn., abraded by a frenetic wife and a splenetic child. At a Manhattan party, he meets a yielding blonde (Catherine Deneuve). The commuter programming abruptly breaks down, and the lovers spend the April evening on the town in the company of a...

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