Agathe Clery (2008)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Message Movie, Musical Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

With a conceit that suggests a contemporary, female-centered reprise of Melvin Van Peebles's offbeat Watermelon Man, the satirical fantasy Agathe Clery stars French comedienne Valerie Lemercier as the title character, a severely bigoted, obnoxious cosmetics employee. The lily-white Agathe particularly loathes blacks, which makes it that much more ironic when, on the eve of the launch of her new line of beauty products for fair complexions ("Scandinavia"), her own skin suddenly takes on a much darker tone - making her the object of scorn, derision and prejudice for dozens of others around her and effectively giving her a taste of her own medicine. The experience quickly strong-arms Agathe into a reconsideration of her warped values and standards, but also robs the downtrodden woman of her job and prized beau.

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bigotry, Black [race], racism, White (Caucasian)