Charming, sprightly, tables-turning rom-com. Almost worth watching for the dresses alone, definitely worth watching for the chemistry between Audrey Tautou and the Buster Keaton-like Gad Elmaleh. In fact, the only thing non-effervescent about the whole thing is the flat stage champagne on show.
A universe swimming in incredible films and this fills 1of 30 slots? 14 of today’s 30 films are Francophone! (1.5 of 30 directed by women) Seriously: are MUBI’s French curators running US programming? Spelling mistakes and odd English in the synopsis/‘our take’ but pâtisserie gets the accent over the a, which is used in French but not in English? What’s next? A Jerry Lewis retrospective with commentary by Lacan?
In this time and age, Audrey doesn’t eat breakfast at Tiffany’s or casually stroll down fifth avenue with coffee, doesn’t offers you mille tendresses or sings moon river to the dusty tunes of her guitar on her brownstone balconies- instead she sips Chardonnay at the French Riviera and looks out for her next big catch, meets her Fred and reminds us all of that blessed time and place, the sixties in NYC.
The film appeals to the culture of no effort, easy money, prostitution, consumerism and hedonism; glamorized by a love history between two characters with basically low self-esteem in front of the rich, who at the end try to reconcile with love “ridding” higher moral values, un-successfully IMHO. Somehow funny moments but in a Hollywood way.
I don't want to hate it for being playful, but how many films run with the premise that winning a girl's heart starts with tricking her into the bed. This tries to redeem itself by having no good person at all, but still resigns them to a carelessly happy and free ending.
A flawlessly constructed and executed French farce and film--and so, by definition, one wholly entertaining and ever-so-gently reflective. Tautou and Elmaleh are perfect, the film's incidental music is unusually attractive and incisive, and the settings are lushly and wonderfully displayed. A cinematic confection that--though made 13 years ago--is a blissful breeze of filmic fresh air in an ever-darkening world.
Une oeuvre humoristique et sentimentale plutôt agréable, doublée d'un estimable succès commercial, avec un excellent Gad Elmaleh, silhouette lunaire et pathétique, une kyrielle de situations drôles et délicieusement coupées au cordeau, un constant rythme allègre et fort bien mené, mais aussi un in(volontaire) hommage aux incontournables comédies américaines d'antan. www.cinefiches.com