16 May 2018 | dbdumonteil
Sooner or later ,one of us must know.
There is a prologue which shows the influence of Claude Lelouch's fortune cookie philosophies:in a hospital ,a baby's voice over tells us that he cannot choose his parents and that ,whatever fate decrees ,the die is alreaty cast :subtile ,huh?
Thus,we will follow two destinies,those of his future parents ,whose paths will cross in the last minutes of the story.
A musician (Philippe Torreton),whose marriage in Prague is on the rocks,comes back to his native France where he intends to play the cello in a quartet.
A singer (Amira Casar) forms a duet with another one (laura Del Sol),and,little by little ,both women make their way to fame.
This is almost a musical ,and by and large, the songs are pleasant (particularly the "J'Ai encore Revé D'Elle "cover ),and the rapport both artists have is warm .All the songs are in French ,(except for one in Spanish )much to the director's credit ,when her colleagues use plenty of English and American ones.
If the screenplay is Lelouchesque and trite, the movie is saved by the marvelous cast ,all the actors and actresses are to be praised ,mainly the wonderful Amira Casar ;Annie Duperey ,at fifty (1999) is still one of the most attractive actresses in the French cinema:too bad she was given here an unsympathetic part of a bourgeois woman who makes fun of her concierge ;and to make us nice again,for a short while ,the screenwriters use an irrelevant incongruous trick which comes at the most awkward moment (although they show the character without any make- up in a scene just before).
See it for the cast.Should appeal more to a female audience though.