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'Le Skylab'.

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For those who recall family gatherings when some members were funny, the majority were tolerable and the end never came soon enough, there's "Le Skylab" to bring it all back. Julie Delpy's fourth turn as helmer is a nostalgia ride back to 1979 in the guise of a large family get-together on the eve of the projected crash of NASA's Skylab. The multitude of characters inhabiting the formless script provides moments of amusement, but, like most cousins, they overstay their welcome. Local play could burn brightly at the start, with possible brief, bicoastal arthouse expansion.

CREDITS: A Film, Mars Films, France 2 Cinema, Tempete Sous un Crane Prod. production, with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinecinema, in association with Sofica Coficup, Backup Films, Arte, Cofinova 5, Soficinema 7, Marion, Cofimage 22, Cinemage 5. (International sales: Films Distribution, Paris.) Produced by Michael Gentile.

Directed, written by Julie Delpy. Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (competing), Sept. 19, 2011. Running time: 113 MIN.

With: Lou Alvarez, Julie Delpy, Eric Elmosnino, Aure Atika, Noemie Lvovsky, Bernadette Lafont, Emraanuelle Riva, Vincent Lacoste, Marc Ruchmann, Sophie Qninton, Valerie Bonneton, Denis Menochet, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Michele Goddet, Luc Bernard, Albert Delpy, Candide Sanchez, Karin Viard, Lily Savey, Chloe Antoni, Maxime Julliand, Felicien Moquet, Antoine Yvard, Anne-Charlotte Moquet, Angelo Souny, Leo Michel-Freundlich, Noah Huntley.

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Author:Weissberg, Jay
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Movie review
Date:Oct 10, 2011
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