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2 items from 2001


Ma Femme est une actrice

20 December 2001 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For his first movie in the director's chair, Yvan Attal has produced a romantic comedy in "Ma femme est une actrice" that should charm audiences outside France the same way it has at home. The movie's success here is based in part on a very un--Gallic approach to filmmaking. Imagine a movie that picks up where Roger Michell's hugely popular "Notting Hill" left off.

Here we have Yvan Attal), an ordinary Joe married to the popular actress Charlotte G. (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Yvan is a sports journalist who accepts Charlotte's fame and all that goes with it -- constant recognition by people in the street, demands for autographs, photographs, etc. All goes well until the day he is asked by a fan if he's bothered by his wife performing naked love scenes for all the world to see.

This question sows the seeds of doubt in Yvan's mind, and he becomes possessively jealous of his wife, fearing that she will be unfaithful to him. His fears are fueled by Charlotte's current movie shoot, in which she stars opposite the ladykiller John TerenceStamp). Yvan follows Charlotte to London, where she is filming, and his constant questions push her into the arms of her leading man. Love finally conquers all, and the two are reunited under a starry Parisian sky.

From the opening credits, set to Ella Fitzgerald's "Lullaby of Birdland", to the movie's poster that resembles those from classic Tracy/Hepburn romantic comedies, "Actrice" sets out to be a crowd-pleaser.

The backdrops switch be-tween London and Paris with great care taken to show only the best of both cities -- chic restaurants for Paris and welcoming, lively pubs for London. And the chemistry between Gainsbourg and Attal is undeniable, not surprising because the two are married in real life. The dialogue whips along at a brisk pace, with most of the comedy coming from a subplot that involves Yvan's Jewish sister Nathalie (Noemie Lvov-sky) and her desire to have her unborn son circumsized. This plan is vehemently opposed by Vincent (Laurent Bateau), her non-Jewish husband. Cue for interfamilial squabbles, which owe more than a passing nod to Woody Allen.

Gainsbourg is a highly enigmatic actress who seems to exude a constant tristesse. It's good to see her change register with the portrayal of a more rounded character. Stamp is required to do little except look seductive, which he does with minimum effort. But he risks being overshadowed by fellow British actor Keith Allen, who plays David, director of the movie in London. Allen manages to fill his scenes with a delightful, campy, barely concealed contempt for the actors he directs.

The scenes that show the high-speed train dashing between London and Paris risk giving the movie the feel of an advertisement for Eurostar. And the appearance of famous French TV and music personalities will go over the heads of most audiences outside France. But let's not be picky; Attal has directed that rare thing -- a French movie that deals with romance without the rhetoric.

MA FEMME EST UNE ACTRICE

Renn Prods.

Producer: Claude Berri

Screenwriter-director: Yvan Attal

Director of photography: Remy Chevrin

Production designer: Katia Wyszkop

Music: Brad Mehldau

Costume designer: Jacqueline Bouchard

Editor: Jennifer Auge

Color/stereo

Cast:

Charlotte: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Yvan: Yvan Attal

John: Terence Stamp

Nathalie: Noemie Lvovsky

Vincent: Laurent Bateau

David, the film director: Keith Allen

David's assistant: Jo McInnes

Running time -- 95 minutes

No MPPA rating

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Ma Femme est une actrice

20 December 2001 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For his first movie in the director's chair, Yvan Attal has produced a romantic comedy in "Ma femme est une actrice" that should charm audiences outside France the same way it has at home. The movie's success here is based in part on a very un--Gallic approach to filmmaking. Imagine a movie that picks up where Roger Michell's hugely popular "Notting Hill" left off.

Here we have Yvan Attal), an ordinary Joe married to the popular actress Charlotte G. (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Yvan is a sports journalist who accepts Charlotte's fame and all that goes with it -- constant recognition by people in the street, demands for autographs, photographs, etc. All goes well until the day he is asked by a fan if he's bothered by his wife performing naked love scenes for all the world to see.

This question sows the seeds of doubt in Yvan's mind, and he becomes possessively jealous of his wife, fearing that she will be unfaithful to him. His fears are fueled by Charlotte's current movie shoot, in which she stars opposite the ladykiller John Terence Stamp). Yvan follows Charlotte to London, where she is filming, and his constant questions push her into the arms of her leading man. Love finally conquers all, and the two are reunited under a starry Parisian sky.

From the opening credits, set to Ella Fitzgerald's "Lullaby of Birdland", to the movie's poster that resembles those from classic Tracy/Hepburn romantic comedies, "Actrice" sets out to be a crowd-pleaser.

The backdrops switch be-tween London and Paris with great care taken to show only the best of both cities -- chic restaurants for Paris and welcoming, lively pubs for London. And the chemistry between Gainsbourg and Attal is undeniable, not surprising because the two are married in real life. The dialogue whips along at a brisk pace, with most of the comedy coming from a subplot that involves Yvan's Jewish sister Nathalie (Noemie Lvov-sky) and her desire to have her unborn son circumsized. This plan is vehemently opposed by Vincent (Laurent Bateau), her non-Jewish husband. Cue for interfamilial squabbles, which owe more than a passing nod to Woody Allen.

Gainsbourg is a highly enigmatic actress who seems to exude a constant tristesse. It's good to see her change register with the portrayal of a more rounded character. Stamp is required to do little except look seductive, which he does with minimum effort. But he risks being overshadowed by fellow British actor Keith Allen, who plays David, director of the movie in London. Allen manages to fill his scenes with a delightful, campy, barely concealed contempt for the actors he directs.

The scenes that show the high-speed train dashing between London and Paris risk giving the movie the feel of an advertisement for Eurostar. And the appearance of famous French TV and music personalities will go over the heads of most audiences outside France. But let's not be picky; Attal has directed that rare thing -- a French movie that deals with romance without the rhetoric.

MA FEMME EST UNE ACTRICE

Renn Prods.

Producer: Claude Berri

Screenwriter-director: Yvan Attal

Director of photography: Remy Chevrin

Production designer: Katia Wyszkop

Music: Brad Mehldau

Costume designer: Jacqueline Bouchard

Editor: Jennifer Auge

Color/stereo

Cast:

Charlotte: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Yvan: Yvan Attal

John: Terence Stamp

Nathalie: Noemie Lvovsky

Vincent: Laurent Bateau

David, the film director: Keith Allen

David's assistant: Jo McInnes

Running time -- 95 minutes

No MPPA rating

»

Permalink | Report a problem


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