22 April 2006 | gradyharp
Politics and Romance, with a French Twist
Stephane Clavier is a fine director who makes his major film debut with this French romantic comedy that embraces the sparks flying around today about gay relationships and gay marriages and in doing so finds a romantic comedy that has serious overtones but remains entertaining to the end.
Dan (Olivier Sitruk), a lovable lothario in the Don Juan tradition who runs a sex talk show, rooms with physical therapist Laurent (Arnaud Giovaninetti), a gay activist who with his friends is fighting for gay marriage rights in France. Laurent is secretly in love with Dan, and when Dan finally meets the girl of his dreams Camille (Julie Gayet), Laurent's hopes of a relationship beyond best friends with Dan are threatened. Laurent tries every trick to derail Dan's relationship and when Dan plans marriage and moves out, Laurent takes on lesbian roommate Sam (Anne Azoulay) who is supportive in more ways than one! Dan asks Laurent to be his best man but Camille knows of Laurent's passion for Dan and encourages Dan to try a gay episode (Camille has tried that in the past) just to reassure himself that he is making the right choice: the results are less than noteworthy! The twists and turns make the story funny and touching and the ending includes two weddings instead of one but revealing the significance of the title of the film would deprive the audience of the punchline! The production values are superb with deft camera work, excellent editing techniques, and keen pacing. The story does waver into stereotypes but not as unsuccessfully as most bi/gay/straight films do. In the end the fact that the film works so well is due to the excellent acting of the main cast and a superb supporting cast (Dan's 'Madame' mother, Camille's wealthy but weird parents, Laurent's campy friends). The result is a bit of light French comedy with some examination of political issues that are poignant. It is a bit of French pastry! Grady Harp