Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Flawed but ultimately compelling, Ma Belle, My Beauty uses the aftermath of a polyamorous relationship to explore the intersections of love and ambition.

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Lane, Bertie and Fred once shared a polyamorous relationship in New Orleans. Lane loved Bertie, Fred loved Bertie, they had a balance that worked... until it didn't, and Lane vanished from their lives. Two years later, Bertie and Fred have gotten married and are living at Fred's family home in the countryside of southern France. When Lane unexpectedly shows up in Bertie's seemingly idyllic new life, she finds her former lover much different than she remembers. Bertie is disillusioned in her jazz career, still grieving the loss of her mother, and clearly alienated in this small, white, European town. Lane attempts to recreate their old, carefree dynamic, hoping that her return might lighten Bertie's mood -- but Bertie isn't having it. It seems time hasn't healed all wounds... so Lane shifts her strategy when she meets Noa, a young artist and former soldier, quickly reigniting dormant jealousies.

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Critic Reviews for Ma Belle, My Beauty

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10)

It's all very amiable, casual and lovely to behold, but needs a little more friction to spice things up.

August 26, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Viewers may wish there were more to it, but what's there is teasingly intriguing.

August 25, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Ma Belle, My Beauty feels uninterested in its characters' motivations and their main source of conflict-how to manuever the complicated cogs of the polyamorous machine...

August 24, 2021 | Full Review…

Anchored by four very good performances, Ma Belle, My Beauty unfortunately suffers from inertia and a lack of conflict.

August 20, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Hill seems so averse to calling attention to the struggles of polyamory that the characters shy away from any real conflict.

March 24, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Thoughtfully written and produced, Ma Belle, My Beauty exemplifies the potential of small-budget filmmaking.

March 24, 2021 | Full Review…

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