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Meg Ryan is convinced her Hollywood career is nearly over - as film options are limited for women over 40.
And Ryan admits that at 46, she will never be able to recapture her previous fame - because there are less starring roles available to women over a certain age.
She says, "I think when Hollywood is done with me, I will probably be done with it. I'm not interested in playing those stock characters any more and I don't feel sad that I don't get those kind of offers." »
Meg Ryan feels fortunate she is no longer one of Hollywood's leading actresses - because she now enjoys an anonymous existence traveling the world.
She insists it was a sobering experience to realise she had fallen from favour - but now enjoys her relative anonymity because it allows her to travel with her children.
She tells FoxNews.com, "I think it's great being less famous. I blame the fact I had, shall we say, a meeting with Russell Crowe.
"I had never seen or heard such bad press about me here and it's been great in a funny kind of way and, you know, a good thing too because I now realise the world does not revolve around me." »
Mexican moviemaker Guillermo Del Toro has ruled out ever directing a romantic film - because he prefers blood and guts.
The Hellboy filmmaker loves making horror movies about scary creatures and fantasy characters - because it doesn't mirror reality.
He explains, "No way. Sleepless in Seattle can go f**k itself.
"Monsters are the most beautiful creatures in the universe. I have no interest in everyday life, except through a twisted mirror." »
PARIS -- Romantic comedy is clearly identified worldwide as an all-American genre. Ma vie n'est pas une comedie romantique is a French attempt to add a Gallic touch to the recipe. It works out quite well. In fact, the debut feature by Marc Gibaja quotes openly some successes of the '80s and '90s, such as When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle. But the adaptation to the French environment undoubtedly adds a cynical touch and cold humor to the romance.
An eloquent example of the characterization of a classical situation is how and where the two characters meet: at the supermarket, in front of the toilet paper. This awkward setting -- chosen to illustrate the French poster -- clearly states the film is not always going to be of the finest taste. Some sequences, especially those involving the hero's best friend, a fat guy working as a videogame tester who keeps eating potato chips, are borderline gross humor. Overall the film is really funny, which could, together with the interest worldwide audiences have for the genre, open markets to this low-key movie.
After the opening sequence in which Thomas is dumped by his girlfriend, the film, like every good romantic comedy, really gets started when the two characters meet. So there he is meeting Florence, an old and forgotten friend from school, who invites her for dinner in the splendid house her husband is so proud of. Thomas makes a mess during dinner, and causes a separation between the spouses. It will take the whole movie for Thomas and Florence to understand they were made for each other.
The directing is not particularly remarkable except for the funny documentary-like New York based sequences of the end credits. Mostly, the film relies on terrific actors' performances. Good news: Gilles Lellouche and Marie Gillain are at their best. Lellouche has somehow become the new ordinary face of commercial French cinema, alternating villain parts in thrillers (Tell No One) and supporting roles in big productions (Paris, Family Hero). He obviously took a lot of pleasure in portraying a loser who will be saved by love. The sequence in which he sings Sinatra's "Let's Fall in Love" is a must-see. Marie Gillain has the freshness of her sparkling eyes. She is astonishing in avoiding cliches as the model wife torn between her newly born love and the voice of wisdom.
With its homage sequences on the edge of pastiche (such as a walk in the forest on a ground covered with autumn leaves), its omnipresent jazzy music and its conscientious respect of all the codes of romantic comedies, My Life proves some American formulas are better exported than others.
MY LIFE IS NOT A ROMANTIC COMEDY
Agat Films & Cie, France 3 Cinema, StudioCanal
Director: Marc Gibaja
Writers: Marc Gibaja, Laurent Sarfati
Producer: Nicolas Blanc
Director of photography: Gilles Porte
Production designer: Severine Baehrel
Costume designers: Chouchane Abello-Tcherpachian, Cecile Dulac, Claire Begin
Editors: Sabine Emiliani
Music: Vincent Courtois
Thomas Walkowic: Gilles Lellouche
Florence Baron: Marie Gillain
Gros Bill: Laurent Ournac
Lisa: Stephanie Sokolinski
Pascal: Philippe Lefebvre
Secretaire Super Gamer: Frederique Bel
Running time -- 92 minutes
No MPAA rating
4 items from 2008
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