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My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996)

Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) (original title)
Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his ... See full summary »

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Paul Dedalus
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Esther
Emmanuel Salinger ...
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Marianne Denicourt ...
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Patricia
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Jean-Jacques
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Fabrice Desplechin ...
Ivan
Hélène Lapiower ...
Le Mérou
Michel Vuillermoz ...
Frédéric Rabier
Roland Amstutz ...
Chernov
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Solenn Jarniou ...
Pascale
Philippe Duclos ...
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Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his long-standing girlfriend, or should he re-start with one of his other lovers? Is he avoiding the despairing life his father can't escape from ? Written by David Morgans <in2023@mail.wlv.ac.uk>

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Director Arnaud Desplechin originally wanted to name the movie "Comment je me suis disputé avec Éric Barbier" (How I Got Into An Argument With Eric Barbier), as a dig at former colleague Eric Barbier, also the basis for movie character Frédéric Rabier. A justice decision prevented him from using the full title, hence the ellipsis and the added subtitle. See more »

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A funny, intelligent film full of weird looking attractive french people...
31 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can understand why a lot of people will find this film boring. It's one of the most dialogue heavy films you'll ever see and the sporadic voice-over gives us so many complex and philosophical insights into the characters that it is quite hard to digest.

Having said that, I think this a fantastic film. It is very insightful, drole and poignant- for those who've ever been in any kind of relationship (or better yet, several, simultaneously). The narrative has a funny way of leaping around at times, but generally returns to Paul- whose daily struggles with his relationships to his friends, students and fellow academics cause him a lot of grief and awkward situations. The whole film is beautifully acted, and at times the dialogue soars from scene to scene with studied eloquence. The music is also used to dramatic effect, rendering the small interior changes and developments in the characters into the life changing moments of which they are worthy. I say get this film, some cigarettes, a couple of bottles of wine and a comfy seat. You're in for a treat.


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