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The plot of this film is curiously similar to that of "Two Faced
Woman", Garbo's last Hollywood film in 1941. In "Je Suis Avec
Toi", Yvonne Printemps plays a wife who suspects that her
husband may be a philanderer. She sets out on a trans-Atlantic
voyage (great scene of the "Ile de France" departing), only to
double back and imitate another woman, with whom her husband
falls in love, believing her to be his wife's double. There is an
almost surreal scene at a fun fair, in which the two (Pierre Fresnay,
Yvonne's real-life husband and stage partner) go on rides and
swing-boats, while in the background we hear Yvonne's voice
singing "Vertige d'un soir", one of the two theme-songs of the film.
The other, better-known, song, "Mon reve s'acheve", is sung as the
two go up to bed in the hotel, the husband still believing that his
partner-for-the-evening is not his wife, but the mysterious "Irene".
There are lavish sets, lots of extra players, a mannishly-dressed
'Aunt" who comes to the rescue to suggest a get-out clause for the
situation once it's getting out of control. The feel is totally pre-war,
without a whisper of the Occupation. It's funny, but worrying.
Yvonne was approaching 50, and she looks and sounds great, but
not as great as she would be six years later in "La Valse de
Best scene is when she invites her admirer and a rival (Blier) both
to dinner at the same time. As in "Two faced Woman", the
husband finds out before she has the chance to turn the tables on
him, but not before they have spent the night together. While
thousands were being transported to the gas chambers, this was
the escapism the French cinema came up with. The most
extreme contrast must be with Fresnay's role in this and then in
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Henry Decoin 's metier was the film noir.Although he could make
pleasant comedies ("Battement de coeur" and this one) ,he never
impressed me when he tried to be Lubitsch or Wilder.
A woman (Printemps) sails towards America while her hubby (Fresnay) stays home.And one day the lonely man meets a woman who looks so much like his wife he cannot believe his eyes -it's a bit lite "vertigo"- .But the lady claims she is not his spouse .Fresnay's best friend (Blier) who has always been in love with his pal's wife falls in love with the new woman.But he is not the only one.
Actually,the husband is put to the test:it's really his true love and she wants to know if he will remain faithful to her.... or will cheat on her (with herself!) It's funny(in places).
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