|Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: July 12, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The film's most endearing trait is that these people sincerely love movies, and they truly love their own idiosyncrasies. And is that not the greatest love of all?
The film tends to groan under the weight of his obsessions -- and his sister's fixation on circumcising her son -- yet for much of the 95-minute running time the chemistry between Attal's vulnerable husband and Gainsbourg's sweet, beguiling wife is irresistible. The terrific score is by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Read full review
Although the movie is not as hilarious as you'd hope from the screwball setup, Gainsbourg and Attal make a solid comedy team.
Mr. Attal's real-life problem is his simplistic script, which makes the husband a childish fool and a bit of a bore.
There is more anxiety than loving humor in the proceedings, and a noticeable lack of charm.
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