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An interesting film on an interesting subject
on 21 February 2006
Perhaps I wasn't as impressed by this one as I'd expected, but it is still a film worth watching, and surely not as bad as some other reviewers have stated here. It explores attraction from a different angle, and successfully illustrates that it is not all about looks. We can see why Depardieu's character is drawn to Balasco's ordinary looking woman and the way she "gives" love (rather than just "makes" love), even when what he has at home is Bouquet's perfect -but frigid- beauty, that everybody else envies him for. It is also interesting that an affair with an ordinary woman, rather than the usual super-sexy bimbo, is not much different after all, since it is all based on the physical: as soon as they stop making love, they have nothing in common, and he's bored. This is an interesting premise, but in a way it makes you feel that the relationship he jeopardises his marriage for is doomed to end before it's started anyway, and wonder why he cannot see it. I expected a little bit more there, a somehow deeper exploration of their personalities and what drives their connection to each other. Balasco's character, for example, has hardly any aspects other than the way she approaches -longs for, takes, and gives- love and sex, which makes their relationship seem rather superficial. And it is true that sometimes it is not clear what is real and what is imagined by which of the characters, but this doesn't ruin the focus of the movie. It still captures the mechanics of bad -or rather, inadequate- relationships, the emotional needs of human nature, and the troubles of mid-life crisis very well. And yes, the music, and the characters' reactions to it, works wonderfully: I loved Depardieu's exit line -the very last line of the film itself!