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Blind Date (2015)

Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément! (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 6 May 2015 (France)
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He is a dedicated workaholic who lives and breathes his work. He prefers nothing more than silence. She is an accomplished pianist working on her big-break concert. To her, music and sound ... See full summary »

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Clovis Cornillac

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Lilou Fogli (scenario), Clovis Cornillac (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mélanie Bernier ... Machine
Clovis Cornillac ... Machin
Lilou Fogli ... Charlotte
Philippe Duquesne ... Artus
Grégoire Oestermann ... Evguenie
Oscar Copp ... Dan
Boris Terral Boris Terral ... L'inconnu italien (as Boris Teral)
Manu Payet ... Le caissier Picard
Arnaud Lechien Arnaud Lechien ... Paul
Stéfan Godin ... Déménageur 1 (as Stefan Godin)
Harrison Arevalo Harrison Arevalo ... Déménageur 2 (as Harisson Arevalo)
Olivier Bouana Olivier Bouana ... Mathieu
Rudy Milstein Rudy Milstein ... Igor
Claude Evrard Claude Evrard ... Vleux voisin
Sophie Le Tellier Sophie Le Tellier ... La mère de Juliette
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He is a dedicated workaholic who lives and breathes his work. He prefers nothing more than silence. She is an accomplished pianist working on her big-break concert. To her, music and sound is everything. Separated only by a wall, things get interesting.

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paramount Pictures [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 May 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Date See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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$3,877,000
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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When Machine and Charlotte (the two sisters) are on the phone at the beginning of the movie, their smartphones' screens are very clearly on. See more »

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These Boots are Made for Walking
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Nancy Sinatra
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A Wall Apart
5 December 2016 | by tributarystuSee all my reviews

Full disclosure, 2016 hasn't been a great romancing year for me, so I get easily irked by too much quirky stuff or unsubstantiated love kernels. And for the most part, easy-breezy romcoms tend to consist of a string of those. So it's at least partly my fault that Blind Date didn't stick.

Then again, it felt like all the creators were working with was a concept and a final scene: the former bordering on the absurd, the latter more romantic than I was set up to expect, by the look of things. Everything else was filled in with a competent, but cloggy and predictable plot and endearingly cardboard-y characters. OK, that's harsh. The leads have a tinge of something special about them, both reclusive introverts, passionate creatives - playfully nicknamed Machine and Machin. Separated by a thin and not at all soundproof wall, they get to organizing their lives around one another and ultimately fall for each other. The secret sauce lies in them not having seen each other and therefore being able to focus on the essence of what's being conveyed. At times, the two even have enough personality to be more than cardboard cut-outs.

Instead of spending more time with them, we're served with two second-hand supporting characters, the adulterous sister (or was it friend?) of 'Machine' and the overly supportive friend of 'Machin'. The problem with these two is that they bring nothing to the story. Instead, they are classic counter-points - the rebellious matron to the timid girl, the happy-go-lucky fellow to the misanthrope. This makes them superfluous, because no time is dedicated to truly fleshing them out enough for anything they do to even matter.

Coming back to our protagonists, their purpose is to free one another of what's tying them down, while also coming together. For one, it's a perfectionist obsession with the creation brain-teaser games; for the other, it's a perfectionist obsession with playing the piano. It fits, we do like fixing in others what we can't fix in ourselves. This takeaway, so common to romantic comedies, is the bane of my existence. To its defense, Blind Date tries to nuance the matter, as one might find motivation in another, but still needs to independently commit to change. Even so, there's just an excessive amount of wish fulfillment about the movie, as too much is left unexplored to really make it worthwhile. Luckily, the bits of Chopin scattered throughout help out.

People seem to like the flick, so with my disclaimer in mind, take what you will out of this review. Yet I cannot help being disappointed, because while it does feel authentic at points, it predominantly appears trite. Maybe I should just lower my pretentious romcom bar a notch or two.


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