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'Lou!' a flimsy, tedious film version of French comic book, TV show

'Lou!' a flimsy, tedious film version of French comic book, TV show

Style trumps substance in "Lou!" the self-consciously quirky feature version of Julien Neel's popular French comic book and animated TV series. For anyone who's not a Francophone tween girl, the film likely will be a tedious, precious exercise in indulgence. Lola Lasseron plays the 12-year-old title character who lives with her introverted, child-like single mother (an unrecognizable Ludivine Sagnier) in a meticulously art-directed pack rat's paradise of an apartment. While Lou and her best friend, Mina (Eden Hoch), spend their days making outlandish videos or pining over boys, her reclusive mom appears to do even less, aside from occasionally helping out at...

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