Son of Gascogne (Les Fils de Gascogne)

on October 09, 1995 by Kristan Ginther
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   Midway through "Son of Gascogne," Director Pascal Aubier intercuts the famous scene from "Breathless," in which Jean Seberg follows a stumbling Jean-Paul Belmondo down a Parisian street, and mimics it as well. With that scene, it is apparent that "Son of Gascogne" is a film buff's film, which is both its victory and downfall.
   The story of a scheming chauffeur (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) passing off a fatherless teenager (Gregoire Colin) as the son of (fictional) famed director Gascogne is incidental and merely an excuse to revisit French New Wave stomping grounds. Aubier, a former assistant of Jean Luc Godard, has obvious love and reverence for the era. And lovers of film--especially the French variety--will share his passion and find joy in the film's numerous intertextual delights, including several celebrity cameos. Cineastes should enjoy this wonderful gem of a film; however, "Son of Gascogne" might seem slow and a bit on the dull side for those who've not taken a number of film classes.    Starring Gregoire Colin and Jean-Claude Dreyfus. Directed by Pascal Aubier. Written by Patrick Modiano and Pascal Aubier. Produced by Dennis Hartnagel. A Filmopolis release. French-language; subtitled. Not rated. Running time: 108 min.
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