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My Wife Is an Actress [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Charlotte Gainsbourg , Yvan Attal , Yvan Attal    DVD

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly amusing 15 Feb 2003
By Charlotte Vale-Allen - Published on
What is as intriguing about this film as the film itself is the background of the stars. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of the (in)famous Serge Gainsbourg, French singer-songwriter of great international cultural influence and English actress, Jane Birkin. Charlotte is married to her co-star, Yvan Attal, and the screenplay has its roots in their actual life--Yvan's difficulties in being married to someone recognized everywhere she goes.
While Charlotte isn't a great beauty in the typically American fashion, she has a compelling screen presence that makes her stardom believable. When in London to do a film with Terence Stamp (all the women in this film gush about what a "hottie" he is--and that's simply not believable), husband Yvan's doubts, fears, and jealousy come to full boil.
Stamp turns in a gorgeous performance as the archetypal self-involved, always-out-to-impress-the-little-people British actor--wowing the women (while just a bit tipsy) with quotes from plays and poetry. And Charlotte is credibly drawn to him, simply because he is an actor; she needn't justify her existence as a performer.
There are some truly funny scenes, especially with Yvan's pregnant sister and her husband who are in a seemingly endless battle over whether or not to circumcise their child. Like Woody Allen's Annie Hall, Yvan's sister has a lot of prickly reactions to the issue of Jewishness (she and Yvan are Jewish, neither of them have Jewish partners.)
This is a low-key film with some lovely moments, a fair bit of underlying truth about the illusory aspects of stardom, and fine performances across the board.
Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful - an escape from Hollywood 3 Mar 2003
By Qing Pan - Published on
I really enjoyed this film. The story itself was nothing extraordinary, but it embodied the lovely sensitivity of French cinema. I liked it because it gave me a glance of French or European film industry that was so different from the glittery Hollywood. The actress in the film was portrayed as a real, sensible and normal person. I also realized after watching the film that the main characters were a real life couple and the husband was the director, which added another interesting layer to it. They did not even change their names in the film! I really liked the human qualities of this kind of production in comparison to the manufactured qualities of many commercial films. I felt that it was a collaboration of a group of young people whom were working with a modest budget. However, they have done a great job with the limited resources because they had something to say and they knew how to say it well. It was really about making art than making a product.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun film 6 Jan 2004
By Nick Lush - Published on
"My Wife is an Actress" is just a recent example of why the best films that are currently available are coming from overseas instead of from Hollywood. "Amelie", "Autumn Spring", "the Navigators", "Billy Elliot", "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels", "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie", "Morvern Callar", "Merci Pour le Chocolat", "Nowhere in Africa", "Y Tu Mama Tambien", and "L'Auberge Espagnole" are all further proof that it is the Europeans whose earnest and creative writing and interesting cinematography are at the cutting edge of today's film industry. This film is driven by Yvan Attal's neuroses which provides a fun glimpse into the daily workings of a sort-of-true-to-life celebrity couple. The screenplay is a lot of fun, and the film maintains a sort of self-deprecating humor and simultaneously energy that is a lot of fun to watch. It is especially humorous when you consider the marriages we have here like "Bennifer", Tom and Nicole/Penelope, and Britney's new marriage/annulment. I find it interesting that so many people are fascinated by real-life dysfunctional relationships in Hollywood, but when two celebrities attempt to make a film poking fun at their own problems, people disregard it. "My Wife is An Actress" is a fun and enjoyable film, and a great date movie. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my French favorites 8 May 2012
By CharlotteRose - Published on
This is a French Rom-Com classic. I consider this to be the best work of the two actors thus far (I've really liked them in other films, but this one is the best). I'm glad that Amazon is finally selling it-and for a good price too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Trials of being married to an actress. 27 July 2014
By vince cipolla - Published on
I really enjoyed this film. I love the characters and I found the plot to be one that most non actors could identify with. It's far from perfect, but believable. It's interesting to me that the DVD cover suggests that she might be acting as if she is having an affair. There are at two scenes where it appears they are indeed having an affair. The first scene is the one where we barely can hear them talking on the airplane set where he apparently wakes her when she was napping. He asks her how she is, the first clue. She sys she's tired and he says he's tired as well, as if they both had reason to be tired. We see the voices indicated on a meter. As if to symbolize that it's very private and secretive. The second scene is more obvious a slightly drunken Terrance stamp is spouting out poetry to Charlotte and another woman. She looks at him with eyes of desire. The next scene has her leaving his bedroom hotel the following morning Her hair is unkept and as she attempts to leave, he asks her where she is going. She tells him to stay in bed, that's it early and she will see him later, after that she begins to have remorse. Even the scene where they confront each other in Paris where she accuses him and he says he is not in love and he didn't sleep with her like she did, she tries to deny her brief affair, but after repeated questioning, her denial is delayed long enough for Yvon to know she's lying. It's the part where he says " you are a great actress " and walks away. Realizing that he knows she's not being honest, she does nothing. As he walks away. She panics and saves the relationship by throwing herself at him, which is exactly what he needed. One wonders if this is a more frequent occurrence among actors , that is having brief affairs with co stars in romantic scenes . Some scenes are just too realistic sexually not to cause problems.
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