Review Date: November 30, 2002
Director: Yvan Attal
Writer: Yvan Attal
Producers: Claude Berri
Yvan Attal as Yvan
Charlotte Gainsbourg as Charlotte
Terence Stamp as John
Unfortunately, its "loose" attitude also hurts it somewhat (in my opinion), as the film's final stanza sort of dwindles through a couple of very coincidental situations (somebody and somebody are making out on a sidewalk and that's precisely when somebody's significant other pulls up in a cab?? A little too convenient, if you ask moi) and ultimately feels a little...anti-climactic. I would have liked to have seen a more concrete resolution between the husband and wife, who seemed to be going their separate ways until suddenly...poof, well...I guess love does that to you. The movie also tosses gentle nods the way of my favorite romantic comedy of all-time, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, and features an upbeat soundtrack as well as a couple of very memorable scenes. One sequence features an entire film crew buck naked from top to bottom (and yeah, they show penis, folks!), while another one features a stranger grilling the husband in question about how he feels about his wife, the actress, making out and "sleeping" with all of these men in the movies. A very funny scene. A more engaging second banana squad might also have made the film that much more engaging (the whole Jewish sister kvetching got old after a while). But don't let me discourage you too much because I really did enjoy the majority of this picture, due mostly to its creative story, its two lead actors, who truly felt like they were in love and the various comedic situations. And if you're afraid of subtitles, don't be too scared because a good portion of this film is actually shot in English. Which reminds me, Charlotte Gainsbourg has got to be one of the most fluently bilingual people that I have ever heard in my life (and I live in a bilingual province, for God's sakes). Good job!
Note: This film was not only written and directed by the lead actor Yvan Attal, but it's actually very much based on his own real-life relationship with the lead actress, Charlotte Gainsbourg, with whom he has two children. It's to note that their characters also sport their real-life names. No wonder their chemistry felt so "real"...it was!!