Thursday, April 21, 2011

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Netflix sez...
2002 PG-13 96 minutes
With the streets of Bordeaux as backdrop, this thriller paints a picture of love gone awry. Angelique (Audrey Tautou), an artist and student, is in love and claims that her paramour, Luic, a cardiologist (Samuel Le Bihan), is just as enamored of her. But is he? He's married, for one, and he and his wife are expecting a baby. Brokenhearted, Angelique decides her love should conquer all.

The 73rd Virgin sez...
All the complaints in other reviews about how the movie is plotted and paced are valid, but casting Tatou in the starring role catches us off our guard when the movie takes a very unexpected turn. True, the story basically plays through twice, and true, the ending is no more inspired than most romantic thrillers. But I liked the bright sunshiny sets, the deceptive absence of a sense of dread, and especially how our heroine subtly begins to take advantage of everyone in her life even as we root for her to get over it. Tatou is very good for the reasons she's very good in almost everything else. 3 stars out of 5.

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