« | Home | »

Piece of Cake

Tags: | | |

On the same day that the architect of the Gherkin announced the death of the skyscraper, it emerged that Little, Brown have paid a ‘high six-figure sum’ for a romance, set in 2008 just after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, between an out-of work-architect and a recently retired banker. So while we live through the consequences of the credit crunch – the Sure Start centres closing, the paramedics being sacked, the libraries disappearing – it seems we want to relive the moment in a cosy rom-com mode.

A recent movie hit in France, Ma part de gâteau (I fought for a seat on Sunday night in a cinema on the boulevard Saint Germain, five weeks after it opened), takes a French banker based in London (Banker’s Posh English Boss: ‘You ought not to be very nice to do this job.’ Banker: ‘Don’t worry, I’m not.’) and makes him fall in love with a single mother of three from Dunkirk. He’s moved to Paris to open an office and she irons his shirts, knots his tie, serves his appalling friends champagne, accompanies him on a work dinner with his English colleagues, inexplicably pretending – to ‘hilarious’ effect – that she’s Russian. When they fall into bed together it turns out he’s the reason she’s had to stoop to cleaning – his firm closed the factory she worked in for years in Dunkirk. In the rather wonderfully un-Pretty Womanish conclusion, she lures him to the grim seaside town where the workers set on him and chase him down the beach into the black water.

Comments

  1. cigar says:

    So basically Goretta/Laine’s La Dentellière (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075932/) takes her vengeance on the bourgeoisie scum who betrayed the working class strikers of 1968… I am afraid they are so toxic, they would survive a swim around Fukushima.


  • Recent Posts

    RSS – posts

  • Contributors

  • Recent Comments

    • AndrewL on To Ultima Thule and Beyond: It would be better to say that "elements heavier than iron are only formed by supernovae". Elements lighter than iron can be formed by burning (fusin...
    • KevinWhitston on What is Corbyn thinking?: Here is a contribution that I hope does address your arguments. Corbyn might get brownie points for consistency in his Euroscepticism, but nothing els...
    • sgt101 on To Ultima Thule and Beyond: Mostly stars fuse hydrogen into helium to create energy (I think it's called PP fusion) once the star has a helium core things start to go wrong and a...
    • RegPresley on What is Corbyn thinking?: It's an interesting argument that Brexit is a marginal issue because the underlying problems- inequality etc. - can be solved either from within or wi...
    • Peter Leary on What is Corbyn thinking?: Aside from a fairly transparent effort to use Brexit as a ‘wedge issue’ to oust Corbyn, there is no good reason for any real Remainer to get worke...

    RSS – comments

  • Contact

  • Blog Archive

Advertisement
Advertisement