Jealous (Jalouse) (2017)


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Nathalie, a middle-aged divorced University Professor, changes from being an affectionate woman to being irrepressibly jealous of everyone close to her. Her best friend, her new colleague, her ex-husband... everyone finds themselves at the mercy of her eccentric behavior. Even her beautiful 18-year old daughter Mathilde! Entangled by her sarcastic nature and conflicted emotions, Nathalie navigates through this unexpected mid-life crisis in a funny, touching... and politically incorrect way.

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Critic Reviews for Jealous (Jalouse)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

The directors get much mileage out of Nathalie's toxic behavior, with Viard drawing laughs from what's actually an extremely sad, borderline disturbing tale of one fiftysomething woman's downward spiral into alcoholism, resentment and general misery.

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Jealous works from a character that does not try to fall well, or believe that comedy needs it to get the laughs. [Full Review in Spanish]

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Obviously without Karin Viard... the end result would not have been possible. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

A film that uniquely deposits its comedy so that it resounds with the audience in the form of laughter and reflection, empathizing with the character and reflecting on women, their daily life and position in the modern world. [Full Review in Spanish]

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Viard, a gifted, protean actor who was terrific in the cop-drama Polisse and has done excellent work in dozens of French films, has incisive comic timing and also shows us a likable fragility beneath her character's bitterness.

Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Karin Viard is near-brilliant as the middle-aged mom who is showing all of the signs of menopause but is too self-possessed to understand her body's processes, never mind accepting them.

Jun 30, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jealous (Jalouse)

An unsympathetic tale about a woman suffering a mental health crisis; the title itself is an accusation. Nathalie has a breakdown following her husband's departure and marriage to a younger woman. She risks becoming an outcast - a profound disgrace for this respectable bourgeois mother and professional. She falls into a pattern of saying blunt and upsetting things to the people around her - the jealousy of the title. She criticises her teenage daughter's youth, beauty and social life; she interferes in her best friend's marriage; she rages at the initiatives of a smart (younger) new teacher at the school where Nathalie teaches. There is usually an element of truth in what she says - truths that her family and friends don't want to hear; though the film ends up simply calling these her "errors". Hormones appear to be the cause of Nathalie's problem: the film stops short, but not far short, of openly advertising medical treatments for pre-menopause, possibly lasting for years. It would have been appropriate to write the character older, because the pre-menopause theme was needlessly unflattering to lead actor Viard. Perhaps the truth of the story was secondary to pharmaceutical promotion: it is common for French films to promote national industries. The film delivers a series of pitiless, semi-humorous or embarrassing scenes of Nathalie's social faux pas, while the other characters are irritatingly self-righteous and pure. The overriding value here is conformity with social norms of behaviour, or else. Somehow, Nathalie gets through her troubles - she swims, does yoga, makes a kind friend, starts apologising profusely to everyone, yet we don't see how she achieves this within her own mind and emotions. She just pulls herself up by her bootstraps. This film is not the sharp psychological comedy/drama that it promised to be. Nor is it feminist, despite its female focus. It's more of a rather ageist, blunt and nasty lesson for people and especially for women in Nathalie's situation - shape up or ship out.

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