Jed prepares to interview French cineaste and self-appointed expert on the nature of love - Thierry Grimandi. The worldly and somewhat jaded Jed is dead-set on dismissing the auteur's musings as pompous and, well French, until his own relationship with Cheryl starts to fall apart and he is forced to re-evaluate the illusive subject. Soon everyone is talking about love: his relationship counselor, drinking buddy Marcus and Marcus' girlfriend SophieBeginnings, endings, tricks...could the French be on to something? Written by
This is a lovely, funny and thought-provoking film which draws together the best elements of Nora Ephron's romantic comedies and Richard Curtis's London movies, with great nods to classic Woody Allen. It's a comedy about uncovering the truth in long-term relationships and finding out what you really want in life; one of my friends who watched it with me began to examine the parallels to his own long-term relationship. It's a film that runs deep. The story is about a magazine editor and a writer (Hugh Bonneville) from London who see a couple counselor as their long-term relationship begins to collapse. Their best friends' relationship is also in crisis. The solutions to all their problems appear within the 'films within the film' of a super smooth French expert on love, movie director Thierry Grimandi (a pitch perfect performance by former soccer player Eric Cantona), on whom the writer is writing a feature. The film is clever, funny and emotionally truthful and the parodies of the French director's films are spot on.
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