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Offensive and absurd
on 28 July 2010
Although I'm not black, I found this film rather offensive to black people. Here is the story in short. A successful white executive gets into trouble at work after his collegues betrayed him. A black lady, a mother of five (from five previous marriages), who works as a cleaner in the same company, helps him. When his work problems are sorted, each of them goes back to their own lives and they don't keep in touch. Then when he finds out that his wife was cheating on him, he realizes that he loves a black lady and after long love confessions and buying her stuff, he wins her heart and they get married. It's not like they dated for a good while, got to know each other very well and realized they wanted to be together forever... No, everything happens really quickly.
It may seem at first that the aim of this film was to show that in spite of social and cultural differences people still fall in love and live happily ever after. But if you watch it more carefully and critically, it is really about a rich white man saving an unhappy black lady from her miserable life in poverty as if there was no any other way for her to change it to the better. It would've been be a good story if they had fallen in love because they had a lot in common, were the same kind of people and therefore felt great together in spite of social differences. But showing him wanting her because his wife was cheating on him and her accepting his marriage proposal after he bought her a washing machine, hired a private chauffeur, got her son out of jail and bought her a house doesn't make this film romantic AT ALL. In addition the scene where they make love is just the worst I have ever seen - no feelings, no passion, a small man on the top of a big lady slowly kisses her and they look as if for both of them it was unpleasant.
Also there are no any successful black people in the film as if showing that all black people could do is to work as cleaners (which is surely not the case in real life) and to stress just how lucky that black lady is that a white man has changed her life.
And finally Auteuil's acting is a disaster. He is overacting too much as if he understands that the story is just ridiculously unrealistic and tries to work harder to convince the audience that yes, a rich executive really did fell in love with a cleaner he hardly knows.
In general I found this film more sad than funny and wouldn't recommend it to romantic comedy lovers. But to extreme liberals yes.