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French Film (2008)

A comedy about how French and English cultures differ in their attitudes on relationships.

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Cafe customer (as Peter Brown)
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Bowler
Benjamin Bellecour ...
Young Parisian Man
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Jed
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Young Parisian Woman
Marie-Gaëlle Cals ...
French Apartment Woman
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Thierry Grimandi
Nichola Christie ...
Counselling Woman
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Bike Thief
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Alain
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Sophie
Jose Estudillo ...
Irate Postman
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Cheryl
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Marcus
David Matthews ...
Counselling Man
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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 Anonymous

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Could it be that French is the true language of love?

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Comedy | Romance

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31 August 2010 (USA)  »

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£500,000 (estimated)
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References Dekalog (1989) See more »

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A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Written by Bert Kalmar (as Kalmar), Harry Ruby (as Ruby), Oscar Hammerstein II (as Hammerstein) and Miller (?)
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Published by EMI Music Publishing
Courtesy of GRP Records
Under License from Universal Music Operations
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Light comedy without much funny
9 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Jed (Hugh Bonneville) writes interviews. His latest being French romance director Thierry Grimandi. He is in a comfortable relationship with his girl Cheryl (Victoria Hamilton) for 10 years. When he asks her to marry him, she says no which sends their relationship spiraling. They get couple counseling where they are asked if they were ever in love. Directo Grimandi's musing on love forces him to reevaluate everything. Their best friends Marcus (Douglas Henshall) and Sophie (Anne-Marie Duff)'s relationship starts with her stopping him from committing suicide. Their bond seems unbreakable but even they are having problems as Marcus seems to be a clueless idiot.

This is a light comedy. It is so light that I didn't laugh much at all. Jed is hopelessly unromantic that he is actually annoying. He is deliberately clueless. Grimandi may be speaking a lot of overly complicated phrases but it's not that hard to understand. The only saving grace is the winning Hugh Bonneville. But even with him, I didn't find any of the relationships that compelling. I can't be required to care more about their relationship than the characters do.


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