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1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless and unconvincing, 8 April 2014
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This review is from: Not Here to Be Loved (DVD)
I'm only 52 minutes through this 90 minute film and I feel compelled to write this review to save others from the fate of wasting their valuable time watching it. From the beginning the film focusses on a pathetic character and it was a real effort to keep watching and paying attention.

To learn that the male lead, Jean-Claude, is the middle generation of 3 generations of similarly pathetic males doesn't endear the character to the viewer. The fact that they are a family business of bailiffs suggests that the writer intended it this way. To then believe that the bright, beautiful, sympathetic, 30something lead female, Francoise, would in any way fall for this man is untenable and inexplicable as portrayed in the movie despite her somewhat flakey fiancé. Apart from being thoroughly miserable, Jean-Claude looks and acts 10-15 years older than he apparently is. In physical appearance and mentality he could almost be her grandfather although in the film the age difference is hardly enough for him to be her father. People with vast age differences can and do fall for each other but if you're going to make this the premise of your story then you need to make the audience believe it, feel it and not only understand it but root for them. This film does exactly the opposite and in the process the whole "love story" falls apart because it's just not convincing. When Francoise confesses to her older sister, the sister says "there's something about this that escapes me", the problem is that she's not the only one and I think the whole premise of the film will escape many people.

There is no rhyme or reason to this pointless film, it just seems ridiculous but I shall watch the last 40 minutes and let you know if anything changes my mind. At least the satisfaction of sharing my thoughts has provided catharsis for my sheer disappointment at this unmoving movie experience.

I've sat through the rest of the film and despite Jean-Claude's epiphany about the miserable state of his life, following his disappointment at Francoise's situation, the film fails to redeem itself in my eyes. I'm afraid my opinion hasn't changed and the title of this review sums it up for me.
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