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Up for Love (2016)

Un homme à la hauteur (original title)
TV-14 | | Comedy, Romance | 4 May 2016 (France)
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A lawyer dating a dashing, wealthy architect four and a half feet tall gets ribbed by her family, employees and jealous ex about his stature.

Director:

Laurent Tirard

Writers:

Marcos Carnevale (original screenplay: Corazon de Leon), Laurent Tirard (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Alexandre
Virginie Efira ... Diane Duchêne
Cédric Kahn ... Bruno Cassoni
Stéphanie Papanian Stéphanie Papanian ... Coralie, l'assistante de Diane et Bruno
César Domboy ... Benji
Edmonde Franchi Edmonde Franchi ... Monique, la femme de ménage
Manoëlle Gaillard Manoëlle Gaillard ... Nicole, la mère de Diane
Bruno Gomila Bruno Gomila ... Philippe, le beau-père de Diane
Camille Damour Camille Damour ... Serveur Monte Cristo
François-Dominique Blin ... Sébastien, le pilote
Christian Valsamidis Christian Valsamidis ... L'ami de Diane
Bruno Hausler Bruno Hausler ... Technicien informatique
Christiane Conil Christiane Conil ... Simone, la patronne du resto clandestin
Marc Bonzom Marc Bonzom ... Serveur resto clandestin
Éric Berger Éric Berger ... Arnaud
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Storyline

Diane is a well-known lawyer, divorced for three years. She loses her mobile telephone and receives a call from the person who finds it. That person is Alexandre, a charming man and the perfect gentleman. They make a connection over the phone and agree to meet up the following day. But when Alexandre arrives, there's a surprise in store when Diane discovers he is only 4' 6" tall. From that moment on, Diane tries to overcome the prejudices of society and her own fears to experience the best time of her life...

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Comedy | Romance

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France

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French | English

Release Date:

4 May 2016 (France) See more »

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Up for Love See more »

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Jean Dujardin was shortened with different camera tricks like being shot from above, on his knees or sitting on a wheeled stool. During his dialogue scenes with Virginie Efira, which were often shot without these tricks, he had to look up (thus above her head) while she had to look down (at his chest). See more »

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Alexandres shoe size when in locker room with son after table tennis . Diane is in for surprise. See more »

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A delightful French farce that is funny and sad and loaded with charm.
12 December 2016 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

You'll search far and wide to find a positive review of this film but you have found one here. Like every romantic farce, Up For Love (2016) is a comedy based on situational humour rather than dialogue or action. It's a genre that shows people revealing themselves by how they react to the unexpected and this one is funny and sad and loaded with charm.

The plot line is simple: a beautiful lawyer loses her phone and a caller offers to return it if she will dine with him. Freshly divorced Diane (Virginie Efira) is trying to move on and is vulnerable to the smooth-talking Alexandre (Jean Dujardin). When they first meet she is stunned to find that the high-profile architect is 4 foot 6 inches tall. It is a hilarious scene of studied avoidance and shifting glances. But they hit it off and start dating, and each situation into which Diane introduces Alexandre is a farcical study of how people react to his diminutive stature. Throughout it all, Alexandre endures the stares and jibes with good-humoured acceptance despite the callous insensitivity of people towards those who are different.

There is an unmistakable feeling of guilt in laughing at how Alexandre copes with everyday moments in his life, like needing to jump up into a normal size chair and see his dangling feet not reach the floor. But that is the whole point: how would we react in the situation? Dujardin is a pin-up star of French cinema and he plays here with irrepressible warmth and forbearance despite his short straw in life. Efira is his perfect match and plays middle-class embarrassment to perfection. Critics have complained that the digital effects to down-size Dujardin are clumsy. It is true that if you look for it, you can notice some between-scene differences in scale and perspective that slightly alters his size in relation to the frame. Just ignore it. The whole of cinema involves suspension of disbelief and this story has more than enough going for it to be spoilt by minor hiccups with experimental technology.

Love stories between mismatched souls have always been the lifeblood of romantic comedy, so in one sense Up For Love is just another take on an ancient theme. If your glass is always half empty, then this film is a flawed cliché. For others, it is a delightful romance that doubles as a serious essay on dealing with difference. It is heart-warming and awkward, original and familiar, all at the same time.


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