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She drove me into a corner, then forced me to go beyond my limits. She made me confront the absolute: love, sacrifice, tenderness, abandonment. She dislocated me, transformed me. Why didn't anyone warn me? Why doesn't anyone ever talk about this?" Un heureux événement, or an intimate view of motherhood, sincere and with no taboos. Written by
Barbara Dray (Louise Bourgoin) is a grad student writing her PHD thesis on her way to being a professor assistant. She encounters video store clerk Nicolas Malle (Pio Marmaï) and they start flirting with movie titles. She gets pregnant. They have a girl naming her Lea, not Martha. Barb's irreverent mom dismisses the perfect mother idea. Barb struggles with raising Lea as it comes to a head.
This has a reality and some funny moments. Bourgoin is a tall gorgeous model with some comedic chops. The story has a little bit of sadness and plenty of the struggles of child-raising. The movie opens with a very pregnant Barb unable to get comfortable. While it's a funny bit, it does indicate the moment when the movie should start to finish, and it's not. After she gives birth, the movie keeps going. It feels run-on. It might be better to foreshadow a moment later on in the movie. Overall, it has compelling everywoman story done with sincerity, comedy, and poetry.
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