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My Girlfriend's Boyfriend [1987] [DVD]

Emmanuelle Chaulet , Sophie Renoir , Kenneth Schapiro    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir, Anne-Laurze Meurry, Eric Viellard
  • Directors: Kenneth Schapiro
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CGD2X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,207 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The sixth in Rohmer's series of 'Comedies and Proverbs', this comedy of manners focuses on two girls who become attracted to the other girl's boyfriend but each is reluctant to admit their true feelings. The film explores questions of fidelity and betrayal, delusion and deceit in modern youth with a light and compassionate touch.

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5.0 out of 5 stars vintage Rohmer 13 May 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love all of Eric Rohmer's films that I have seen but this one has a particular meaning in that it was one of the first I saw (when it was released). I was absolutely captivated by the plot and the style of the dialogues that seems so artless and yet is so carefully put together. And every time I watch it I feel transported in the same way. It's not that it bowls you over, but the emotions it evokes in the viewer - of empathy - are so well balanced against a more objective appraisal of what is going on that it makes an unusually satisfying whole. A lot of the latter has to do with the conflicting loyalties of friendship and desire, and the way characters delude others (knowingly) and themselves (unconsciously). The way Rohmer dramatises this with such apparent simplicity is amazing. The characters are all sympathetic because you feel Rohmer is observing them with such depth. At the same time the mystery of attraction is shown with a kind of genius on the part of the director (who wrote the script himself as always), and the acting is very good - we really feel how it operates between the characters. And to the extent that we may find our own desire going towards one or other of them, this in no way prevents us from seeing it in the round. I remember really liking the Fabien character myself when I saw it at 20, so it is interesting to see it now 25 years later and feel that same impulse, and also to feel it differently, seeing as I am now so much older yet he is still that age ... It certainly taps into our own feelings in this way because of the very subtle pacing. It has added another layer of interest for me, but coming to it for the first time, at any age, it is a wonderful experience of cinema to see this film and feel that marvellous poise between feeling and reflection that it brings. It also allows time for a vivid evocation of place and of nature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Rohmer 10 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
A young woman, Blanche (the lovely Emmanuelle Chaulet), works in the City Hall of a trendy New Town near Paris (somewhat to his discredit, Rohmer's films always occurs in middle class and upper middle class milieus, never in working class neighborhoods or in the immigrants building projects). Having recently arrived there, Blanche lives quite a lonely life, until she becomes friends with another young woman, Lea (Sophie Renoir), through which she met her boyfriend Fabien (Eric Viellard), and an acquaintance of the couple, Alexandre (François-Eric Gendron). Basically, the movie follows the time honored plot of exchange of relationships. A is with B, and C with D, but then A will start a liaison with D, which will make C jealous, and would start going with B in revenge and so forth. The title in French is a pun: the boyfriend of my friend would (could) become my boyfriend. Rohmer is known to be a political conservative, but here he is hardly a moralist, since he examines the sexual freedom of today's youth without condemning it. The movie is slow and talky, but these characters are believable and appealing (if somewhat shallow and a bit better looking than ordinary).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple story of star-crossed lovers 12 Feb 2008
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Rohmer films appear to have simple themes, often about love, often unrequited love; his characters talk endlessly about their lives and feelings, at often unrealistic length and degree of frankness, yet one is hooked to watch and enjoy. This is all true of "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend", which was the nearest of his films, of the half dozen or so I've seen, to a modern-style Shakespeare play: the star-crossed lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream kept coming to mind as the two women and two men yearned for the one they couldn't have but then all turned out well in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great filmmaking 18 Dec 2011
By Phil
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Rohmer's movies look artless, but they're anything but. Colour and Mise en Scene are always rigorously organised. There's a lot of talking, as you'd expect from this director, but it's never empty talk. Scenes are never overlong. The characters are engaging.

This is cinema that reveals more with each viewing. Definitely one to own and watch again and again. I can't say more than that.
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