This romantic comedy is as light as a soufflé with a French sophistication. The premise is simple: Alex (Romain Duris), with back-up from his sister and her husband, is paid to break up unsuitable relationships. His rule is never to sleep with, or get emotionally involved with, the young women who are his targets. His tactic is to turn himself into her ideal, fantasy man, thus charming her to leave her unacceptable partner. However, he meets his match in Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) and now he is the one at risk of a broken heart.
The director, Pascal Chaumeil, is an established television director (including episodes of Spiral, shown recently on BBC4 and critically acclaimed). This is his first full-length feature film. His next is in preproduction for release next year.
Romain Duris made his mark with British audiences with The Beat my Heart Skipped in 2005 and is currently starring in The Big Picture – on general release.
Cast: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis and Julie Ferrier
Pascal Chaumeil | France | 2010 | 105 minutes | 15
Weighted vote 87.2%