Cinema: Derriere-Garde


Directed and Written by JOEL SERIA

Pont-Aven, the setting for much of this loosely structured, deliberately vulgar French comedy, is the seacoast town where Paul Gauguin settled temporarily after abandoning his job and family in the 1880s. The hero of The Cookies is a present-day painter who also throws over a boring wife and job and moves to Pont-Aven. One major difference between the two men, however, is that Gauguin became in his rebellion a leading light of the French avantgarde. The hero of Cookies, both as a man and a painter,...

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