A meet cute Belgian style film between a sad sack of a woman, recently left for a younger woman by her husband, who takes up with a 29 year old truck driver with a history of alcoholism and spousal abuse. Did I mention it's a comedy? Despite game performances the script is lost in a misogynist take on a woman being defined by a man, no matter how bad he is. In this case she should have followed her daughter's lead.
A romantic film far, very far away of being naive. I had great laughs while entering the life of a charming european woman in her 40's. Men are not well seen by this lady which is one of the character's features to gives us the best laughs. Mocking men is not the only thing she does good, she can also discard flourish views of life in a blink of the eye. Good to hear from the flanders.
The implicit sexism - a woman isn't complete without a man, no matter how bad either of two she has to chose from - bothered me. The casual dismissal of wife beating (i.e., putting someone in hospital for 2 weeks is apparently not such a bit deal) was particularly disturbing. Ultimately the main character came across as whiny and weak - which ultimately I found more sad than enlightening.
MOSCOU. Felt like Northern England. SO enjoying these films. Seemed to understand everything they said. Lots of French in the Belge/French/Flemish language...whatever it was. Real people. Real lives. SO much less fancy than my imagination but same issues. Heartily dealt with.
OUT OF SYNCH! Do not even attempt to watch this film. The sound, subtitles, and visual are all out of synch. It is so bad in places that the sound comes about 3 to 5 minutes before the relevant video portion. It might be a good film, but that was so annoying that it really destroys whatever effect the film may have.