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  • Warning: Spoilers
    Fleur, a young Frencg woman, arrives at her uncle's house in Marseille. It is a summer place and most of the rooms are locked when Fleur arrives. The reason, she is told in a note left by her uncle, is because of burglaries in homes such as this one that are only used for short periods of time. Fleur is fairly bored as she is alone. Things will change drastically when she meets Venus.

    Destiny brings these two women together. Venus is from St. Petersburg, but always wanted to travel. When Fleur invites Venus to stay with her, she gets more of what she bargained for. Fleur sees in her friend, exactly what she would like to be, an uncomplicated and sophisticated young woman. Venus is flirtatious and adventuresome, something that is hard to imitate by Fleur. The arrival of Bonheur, who is vacationing in the area, serves to awaken Fleur from her desire to be like Venus. In spite of Venus interest in the new arrival, Bonheur discovers that Fleur is kind and gentle soul that deserves his love.

    A pleasant small film by director Emmanuet Mouret was a surprise when it showed up on cable recently. It is a sort of a fable where the generous Fleur is willing to forgo her own desires to please a friend who has not have the same advantages she had. She was willing to sacrifice what she felt for Bonheur because she thought Venus wanted him. The director gets good performances from his cast. Isabelle Pires, makes an extraordinary appearance. Verushka Knoge, is seen as the flighty Venus, a girl that wants everything her way, but who is also a noble soul. Julien Imbert is fine as Bonheur.
  • Follows the enjoyable French formula of a group of young people in a holiday villa on the coast, immortalised in such works as Éric Rohmer's "La collectioneuse" and "Pauline à la plage", Christopher Frank's "L'année des méduses," or Jacques Deray's "La piscine", to name just a handful. In sun-drenched settings, we can enjoy games of love and chance between bronzed torsos and skimpy bikinis.

    This work keeps to the classic format, with just four characters to fall in and out of love with each other. The interesting difference, since human nature hasn't changed at all, is that the 21st century characters are given names from medieval tales.

    Vénus is the goddess of profane love, beautiful in face and form, who is irresistible to any straight man. Fleur, with scraped-back hair and amazingly frumpy clothes (were they actually bought, or specially made?), is the unopened flower who needs the kiss of the fore-ordained prince to blossom into womanhood. Dieu is the king of the gods, with winning ways that will prevail against almost any earthly woman. While Bonheur, the honest backpacker, will bring happiness to the woman who is right for him.

    A simple structure, with subtle elaborations and oodles of Gallic charm.
  • The plot: Fleur, a shy young Parisian in Marseilles, meets Vénus, a flamboyant but lost Russian girl. They have nothing in common, save for their wish to meet the ideal boy. Fleur is demure wallflower. Venus is the extrovert goddess.

    It is the cast of four that make this movie totally enjoyable! Even though the story seems unbelievable (two girls, who do not know each other, mistakenly take each others bags and then spend a fews days in the house of an uncle), the casts makes it feel natural and normal.

    You, as audience, feel as if you participate/take part in this adventure of trying to find your love. Where (un)suprisingly there does not seem to be a perfect route.

    If you like not too fast French movies with nice human interaction, character development and a sympathetic cast, this is really one to watch.