|He Loves Me ... He Loves Me Not|
|A la Folie ... Pas du Tout|
The structure is quite clever, and very nicely done. Colombani effectively sucks us in, keeping things sunny and colourful from the beginning to the end, with a comic tone that catches the moments of absurdity and humour beautifully. On the other hand, this doesn't work quite as well in the story's darker segments, which get very black indeed! At these points, the light goofiness sits at odds with the true horror of the situations and the sad delusions the characters are suffering. There are also jumpy moments in the narrative that leave us rather confused; some of this is filled in later, but not all of it. Yet as we slowly begin to understand the extent of Angelique's situation, the film does manage to touch us, drawing us into the mystery-thriller aspects of the story and then leaving us perplexed at how we're supposed to feel about these people. The performances are very good, and yet in the end we are left outside. More than a bit frustrated ... and unsure whether we should laugh or cry.
dir-scr Letitia Colombani|
with Audrey Tatou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carre, Clement Sibony, Sophie Guillemin, Eric Savin, Michelle Garay, Elodie Navarre, Catherine Cyler, Mathilde Blache, Charles Chevalier Michael Mourot
release UK 22.Nov.02; US 14.Feb.03
Just friends. Angelique hasn't a clue that her friend David has a crush on her (Sibony and Tatou)...
|"It doesn't matter which character Audrey has to play--Amelie differs from Angelique like black from white--she can always manage superbly. The ending was good because I think it's more real than those fake mushy Hollywood endings." --Neltado, Estonia 2.Dec.02|