An overlooked mini-masterpiece from Besson with an unforgettable 'love yourself' mirror scene - transcendent therapy at its finest. The acute transitions between comedy, drama and fantasy are a marvel. The monochromatic cinematography is merely a bonus. What a wonderful film.
Beautiful monochrome shots of Paris and its eye-popping arch bridges. Electric and emotionally intelligent for the most part. Perfect casting for the roles and the relationship dynamic is exciting, sincere and thought-provoking. Certainly not a bad job of a wacky premise.
Enjoyable in the moment but utterly forgettable. Besson tries to infuse it with ideas but alas (as often the case with him) they're half-bakes bordering on nonsensical. The cinematography is gorgeous to look at but in the end one comes away from this movie feeling like one has just engorged a generous serving of empty calories.
Shot in gorgeous black and white, the film is dialogue-heavy and nothing like any other Besson film. No car chases, just a character-driven story that attempts to get to the soul of what it is like to live your life to its full potential. The ending is utter bilge and the opening fifteen minutes take a while to get used to but the mid-section is brilliant. It's a bit all over the place but interesting enough.