The last time Valerie Lemercier wrote and/or directed a mediocre movie or gave a mediocre performance was never. She is, in short, one of the joys of current French cinema wearing any of her three hats. She is, of course, in brilliant company; think Nicole Garcia, Agnes Jaoui, Danielle Thompson, Toni Marshall, Ann Fontaine, Marion Vernoux and at least a dozen more. Had Lemercier waited for one year she could have celebrated her fiftieth birthday with this, her fourth film as a triple-threat (technically her first outing was a remake of the Sacha Guitry Boulevard Comedy Quadrille but she did adapt the screenplay just a tad). If we insist on faulting her it is true to say that - so far at least - she lacks a gift for fashioning the 'Original' screenplay; she followed Quadrille with La Derriere in which she dragged up as a male, as had Jesse Mathew, Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand before her; she followed that with her finest writer-director-actress credit to date, Palais Royal, a brilliant satire on Diana, Princess of Wales, and now her latest writer-director credit finds her satirising the modern phenomena the 'celebrity' who feels his/her/their lives are incomplete until they have adopted a child or six from the Third World, which is, of course, The Ultimate Accessory, the subtitle Lemercier has chosen for 100% Cachemir. She and husband Gilles Lellouche are ultra trendy Parisians with no children of their own but literally any and everything else that money can buy. In the rarefied air in which they live their empty lives the next step is crystal clear: adopt a Russian child. If the result is predictable the alliterative team of Lemercier and Lellouche elevate the humdrum to the next level. Predictably the tame misogynist at FilmsdeFrance has trashed it and if ever there was a selling point that surely is it.
Aleksandra and Cyrille are the trendiest of Parisian couples. Successful and up to date, they decide to adopt a 7 year old as the latest added accessory to their chic life. What they don't expect is the newest addition to their trendy collection to have a mind of his own, and more importantly a hectic effect on their perfect lives.
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