In which Truffaut's are-women-magic act reaches peak naval-gaze. Part wish fulfillment, part self-effacement, it plays surprising games with its subject. The needle it has to thread is showing at least half as much interest in understanding the women as understanding the man. To its credit, it tries—far short of greatness in the attempt, but maybe that's because "funny" and "interesting" are the best we men can do.
reflective, casual Truffaut. This movie seems to be saying that French men know more about lingerie -- that is to say they study and appreciate the benefits of it, know the different clasps and categories and rituals of undress -- than women do. a good movie about celebrating women: never gross, just the right kind of typical male behavior, always honoring the distinction in each lady.
Strangely enough, sometimes throughout the film I caught myself relating to Bertrand (not from a male's perspective tho lel), and I believe it's true that one should love oneself to be able to love others. The ending is absolutely beautiful and true in many ways.
Une agréable et savoureuse comédie dramatique, pleine de verve et d'à propos pertinents sur la séduction, son besoin et l'insatiabilité affective, racontée avec drôlerie et finesse, en voix off par un Charles Denner, étonnant et virevoltant d'aise et de maîtrise. www.cinefiches.com