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Funny French Rom-Com
written by talltale September 6, 2005 - 4:45 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Don't read any reviews of APRES VOUS; just see it, if you're a fan of quirky French comedy. If you aren't, you may well become one after viewing this winning example. Lead actors Daniel Auteuil and Sandrine Kiberlain are two of the finest French thesps currently at work. Both can handle the fluffiest comedy and darkest drama with equal ease. Here, joined by Jose Garcia, they offer perhaps the single best romantic comedy of the past decade, as close to perfection as this genre gets.

From the charming title credits (and silly, endearing song you'll be humming for weeks) to the convoluted but entertaining plot (jumping off from the "no good deed shall go unpunished" premise), everything about the movie works wonderfully, building to an absolutely lovely conclusion. Rather than saying more about the plot, I would rather suggest a post-movie exercise. When you see the film's final shot, ask yourself: do any American superstars have profiles this distinct? Nope. There was a time long ago when it appeared that mainstream America could appreciate actors in leading romantic roles who offered more than abs and pretty faces. That's long gone--and one more reason why some of us cling to foreign films for dear life.

Note: I wrote all of the above prior to the film's opening in America, where many critics treated it something close to "the shame of a nation." I'm perplexed, but will watch it again on DVD to see if I was perhaps on drugs the first time around....


(Average 6.87)
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