Marie and Eric, a couple in their thirties who have been together since college, buy their first apartment when Marie is suddenly overcome by doubt. Her encounter with a handsome, dark-haired man forces her to make a decision: she leaves Eric to throw herself into the big sea of pleasure and freedom. But she actually ends up on the bottom of the pool, where she discovers a world without pity: at her age, being single is quickly perceived as a suspicious defect. Enlightened by new friendships, Marie learns to envisage her single life as a chance to become even stronger and to at last be ready to be happy.
The role of the "little old woman" who observes the younger women several times during the film was played by the director's grandmother, Suzanne Achache-Wiznitzer. See more »
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Very nice movie
Marie is with Eric since high school. They decide to purchase their first apartment together. But the 30 years loan required to finance it, which in a way is a mirror to the long term commitment they're making, ends up frightening out Marie. And all of a sudden, she decides to leave Eric. "Les Gazelles" lets us follow Marie's first steps in her new single life, where she has to learn the codes and the rules.
If this topic clearly lacks originality, the characters (more particularly Marie - Camille Chamoux and all the female supporting roles) are really touching. The story is treated in a modern fashion (occasional trash and awkward talks) and we end up really suffering for Marie while she goes through the story. And it's the key to appreciate this movie : don't expect a pure comedy. Instead, imagine a very funny and long-lost friend who ends up telling you all about her recently shattered love life.
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