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Happily Ever After (2004)

Cast: Yvan Attal, Yvan Attal, Angie David, more...
Director: Yvan Attal, Yvan Attal
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Foreign, France
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Writer, director, and actor Yvan Attal takes another look at the ups and downs of love and monogamy in this biting romantic comedy. Vincent (Yvan Attal), Fred (Alain Cohen), and Georges (Alain Chabat) are three Parisian men in their early forties who are coming to the unfortunate realization that their love lives are not what they dreamed of in their youth. Vincent is married to Gabrielle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and while there's still some spark left in their marriage, it usually appears only after an argument. Vincent is having a furtive affair with a beautiful woman (Angie David), while Gabrielle is tempted to do the same when a handsome man in a record shop (Johnny Depp) begins silently flirting with her. Fred is the bachelor of the group, and seems to have an endless parade of women passing through his bedroom, but no one misses the fact that he longs for the sort of long-term relationship that has so far evaded him. And Georges is reaching the end of his rope with his wife, Nathalie (Emmanuelle Seigner), an abrasive feminist who insists on making every aspect of their lives a political matter, but lacking the courage to break up with her, Georges deals with his feelings in the traditional manner -- he buys a new car. Happily Ever After was Attal's first project as writer and director after his international hit Ma Femme Est une Actrice. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Marriage, Adultery, and Other Options by talltale September 8, 2005 - 4:36 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A nice step forward for writer/director Yvan Attal after his earlier collaborations with his now wife Charlotte Gainsbourg ("Aux Yeux du Monde," "My Wife Is an Actress"), HAPPILY EVER AFTER tracks the up-and-down relationships of three male friends and their femmes (and neighbors). The movie ranges from funny to silly, sad, surprising, and then lifts off into the stratosphere--literally and figuratively--thanks to a cameo appearance from someone special (if you don't know who, just watch and enjoy).

Attal shows growth and even more promise with this new film; he offers a wider range of people, ideas, feelings and disappointments than in his "Wife/Actress," and Gainsbourg does her hubby proud. She's engaging and intelligent, dreamy and poised, angry as hell, and always somehow in command--even when she appears not to be.

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