Plonger

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1 h 42 min201818+
César and Paz are madly in love. Paz gets pregnant and the perspective of motherhood smothers her. Until she suddenly leaves behind Cesar and their baby with no explanation.
Directors
Mélanie Laurent
Starring
Gilles LelloucheMaría Valverde
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
Français
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Producers
Bruno LevyJulien DerisMarc DujardinDavid GauquiéEtienne Mallet
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Gravitas Ventures
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3.6 out of 5 stars

24 global ratings

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ShopMyStyleReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual Movie. Bold Idea. Artistic
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If you are looking for a hollywood cliche, this is NOT the movie for you. But if you are looking for something a little different, something to take you far away from home, then this is it.
The idea is brilliant. The Director is amazing. I'm surprised this got a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes - goes to show these so-called industry critics, don't have a clue what they're talking about.
I call it bold because very few movies are willing to take on the idea that not every woman wants to be a mother.
This is an emotionally moving plot of a film filled with artistic shots - and very well put together. It left me wanting more.
10 people found this helpful
septimusReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A stunning film. Melanie Laurent is a major director.
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Melanie Laurent is one of the most expressive and sensitive actresses of her generation. I must confess this is the first of her directorial (and writing) effort I've seen, and I am completely blown away. The first 20 minutes are just extraordinarily beautiful, reminding me of Malick's very spiritual _To the Wonder_. After that _Plonger_ gets much, much darker. Halfway through the narrative shifts from the woman (an always fascinating and regal Maria Valverde) to the man. The subject matter is clearly not for everyone, and I have to applaud Laurent's courage in choosing such a risky subject and narrative structure (it reminds me of films by Andre Techine and Nicole Garcia). The editing, the lighting, choice of music (or silence) are all masterful, incredibly well thought-out, and designed to make every scene unique. It is an amazing film. Not for everyone, but I encourage everyone to see it anyway.
10 people found this helpful
Stargazer66Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A French emotional roller coaster, but well worth the ride.
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Beautiful, passionate, gut-wrenching, serene...I'm so wrung out from Act 3, all I can manage are adjectives. The first review will tell you everything else you need to know. I agree with him: courageous subject matter, a new mother feels smothered by a baby she didn't plan and wouldn't have had, but for her overjoyed amore. The proud papa!
Society paints child-bearing and motherhood in saintly glory of unending joy. Nobody tells you how hard it's going to be, and for some women, it becomes unbearable. A painful pregnancy, inability to bond with the newborn, post-partum depression, an infant screaming for hours and so many hours, you lose track of everything. You lose track of yourself, your mind, and everything else, because the baby demands ALL. You devolve into a couple so sleep-deprived you can barely function, much less work and be a romantic couple. And the ceaseless crying, even when you've both tried everything you can think of to do, but the wailing baby just won't stop.
For some couples, this is what happens. Not all pregnancies and babies are that hard, of course, but nobody talks about the tough ones. The mom hates herself for hating her life in that state. But, imagine if she told all her mommy friends the truth? Mon dieu! There's too much shame and stigma. All her mommy friends would flee, lest it be contagious! Don't worry, this part is only in Act 2.
Act 1 is full of passion, beauty, drinking and dancing, a rip-your-clothes-off sex life, everything you would expect in a French film about love. It is a magnificent film and I highly recommend it, but watch it when you can handle the gut-wrenching parts. Bon. C'est tout.
6 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Cliché of a French cliché
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The leading man at the start is so unattractive. (No, I don't want to see your sprouting nose hairs, old man infatuated with young woman). The woman is a giant cliché: Oh, fall in love with me, I'm a pretty, free-spirited, photographer who lives for her art -- every word I utter is dripping with poetic meaning. (And I spontaneously dance sexy in bars as if no-one is watching, except I know you are).

Gets a little better after that stuff, more of an art piece.
9 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
One man show.
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This movie is all about one character. First, he married a woman half his age who was not ready to have kids, then he was angry that they could not understand each other, then he was nursing his pain. The female character was rather bland. The actress was not believable and did not look like a free-spirited young photographer at all. More like daddy's little girl. Rather immature. And that exactly what she meant to be in the movie I guess.
The diving in Egypt looked refreshing, however.
2 people found this helpful
C. K. Dexter HavenReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sublime
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A well crafted film...that doesn't follow any set formula. PLonger examines what it means to be an artist and to be young, and how the artist needs the ability to literally move to explore...to experience new ideas... the film explores what it means when they are immoveable. Does their art suffer? Are they no longer an artist?
Please do not believe what other viewers claim this film to be...it has NOTHING to do with being a new mother....they unfortunately missed the whole point. The casting is perfection...and the director provides a multi-level ethereal dream. Worth of every minute of your time.
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Gabriel B. Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
exceptional film!
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cinematography was beyond incredible. The story was great as well! dialog and writing superb! really a great gem to find on amazon! I really enjoyed it and it touched me in many ways! highly recommend it if you are into film with deeper meaning.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
why did they do what they did?
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maybe too arty for me. could never quite figure out what people were doing and why. what was the business with the shark? why did her husband have to go to where she drowned in the sea? why was marin so afraid to tell anyone what happened? could follow their early lives together, but harder to understand the later plot.
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