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Lacking any depth of its own, this upper-middlebrow French drama (2009) resorts to the old trick of referencing acknowledged masters. Leo Tolstoy and Yasujiro Ozu are featured prominently; both were anything but schmaltzy, which makes the movie’s story—about a prickly concierge who opens up with the help of a saintly Japanese tenant—seem all the more disingenuous. Adapting Muriel Barbery’s novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, first-time director Mona Achache mixes feel-good platitudes with quirky conceits (including animated interludes and narration by an 11-year old girl) to put across some hoary old notions about bourgeois neuroticism and hypocrisy. Meanwhile, the somber cinematography by Patrick Blossier (who shot Agnes Varda’s Vagabond) and an insistent score by Gabriel Yared work overtime to create the illusion of seriousness and romance; they almost succeed. In French and Japanese with subtitles.