French Film

  • 15
  • Jackie Oudney (2008)
  • UK
  • 84 min
French Film
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

More "vague" than "nouvelle", this Rohmeresque wannabe is actually a quintessentially British romantic comedy from the Curtis school. Hugh Bonneville is the fogeyish critic researching for an interview with a French director (Eric Cantona) with celebrated views on l'amour, who comes to question whether he has ever really loved longtime partner Victoria Hamilton. However, it takes the revelation that old pal Douglas Henshall has been unfaithful to girlfriend Anne-Marie Duff for Bonneville to realise where his heart truly lies. Complete with knowingly stylised clips from Cantona's masterpieces and copious cutaways to his pseudo-significant aphorisms, Jackie Oudney's feature debut is as charmingly cine-literate as it is genially enjoyable. But Aschlin Ditta's plot-heavy screenplay fails to develop Bonneville's bourgeois bumbler with any depth, and the movie's surfeit of chatterati caricatures and clichés makes it just a teensy bit smug.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Anne-Marie Duff, Hugh Bonneville and Douglas Henshall. The love stories of a French film director prompt a British journalist to question his long-term relationship with his girlfriend and his feelings for his best friend's partner.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sophie
Anne-Marie Duff
Jed Winter
Hugh Bonneville
Marcus
Douglas Henshall
Thierry Grimandi
Eric Cantona
Cheryl
Victoria Hamilton
Alain
Jean Dell
Bowler
Adrian Annis
Waiter
Henry Maynard

Crew

Director
Jackie Oudney

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Vertigo
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 15 May 2009
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Revolver Entertainment
Categories
Comedy

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