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  • Summary: Frédéric, his wife Frédérique, and their entire clan are spending another summer in their family house deep in the verdant Provençale countryside. A solitary gay man, Hugo, has moved in next door. After a convivial dinner, Frédéric and Hugo stay up on the terrace until dawn, exchanging their radically different visions of love. Entirely unaware of their exchange, Frédérique nonetheless notices a distance opening up between her and her husband, and a powerful bond developing between Frédéric and Hugo--a bond that grows stronger daily. (Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. 75
    If the film ultimately amounts to little more than a middle-aged coming-of-age story, it's richly imagined and filled fanciful touches in keeping with its passionate subject.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    50
    A drama that steadily succumbs to self-conscious artiness, drunk on its own sense of contrived poetry and cloudy existential reflection.
  3. Reviewed by: Abigail Deutsch
    50
    The film's arresting beauty--shots of a curtain blowing into a shadowed stairwell, or a meadow of sunflowers, or a head resting on a shoulder--is nearly enough.
  4. The Man of My Life is a sumptuously illustrated but shallow fable of the grass-is-greener conflict between freedom and commitment.
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  1. Aug 14, 2011
    0
    Utterly incoherent narrative (director problem). Implausible relations between characters (writer problem). Unbelievable (as in NOT believable) depiction of characters (actor problem). As a film, this film has nothing going for it. As a slideshow, it has some damned beautiful images. Skip it. Expand

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