I like French cinema. I like all things French, but I especially like French cinema. I won't admit to being an expert on it, however. But I will say that I do enjoy it, and I have seen a lot. And this is one of the best French films I have ever seen.
It's not because it's meant to be clever, it's not becaue it's got Irene Jacob in it. It's just because it's nice. That's all. You can tell that Kievslowsky really put his heart into it, and it works. There is a really strong if not really silly dynamic to the main characters' relationship. It's also very innocent as well. I love the judge's little home, and the way you can tell it's been his only refuge for a long time. When you see him in court to face up to his responibility for his... sinsitser actions, you can really get to grips with the changes that the two characters are causing in each others' lives.
The ending is also great, and especially great if you've seen the other two films. You will probably laugh out loud at the obsurdity of it. This is not a boring film if you prepare yourself for it, because a lot of French films rely on characters and plot rather than special effects - unlike Hollywood which relies on special effects rather than plot. I don't know whio it was, but someone once said of French cinema "We make little-budget films with huge stories, and Hollywood makes huge-budget films with little stories."
Oh, just watch it. It's great. I think you'd have to be thinking too hard to not like this film...