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Looking For Hortense Trailer


Damien Hauer is a professor of Chinese civilization whose life with his stage director girlfriend Iva Delusi has become rather stagnant and miserable. Things get more complicated for him, however, when she makes him promise to help her immigrant friend Zorica when threats of her deportation arise. To do this he must condescend to speak to his father Sebastien; an important figure in the French Council of State. However, Damien has not spoken to his father in several years and finds it very difficult to accept his quirks and have a good relationship - after all, relationships of any sort are not his strong point. If Damien's task does not go well, he faces permanently severing ties with Sebastien and losing his partner who is becoming increasingly frustrated and hurt by his lack of affection.

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Romantics Anonymous Review


Excellent
Almost criminally charming, this French romantic-comedy is very slight, but it's so enjoyable that we love every minute. And by centring on emotionally damaged people, it even has a few strongly resonant moments. Not to mention the chocolate craving it induces.

A member of a Romantics Anonymous group, Angelique (Carre) is crippled by her emotional reactions to other people, mainly men. So when she starts to fall for Jean-Rene (Poelvoorde), her new boss at a chocolate company, she doesn't know what to do. This is complicated by the fact that Jean-Rene is even more paralysed by fear than she is, and that she is secretly one of Paris' finest, most legendary chocolatiers. And Jean-Rene's company is in desperate need of something new to boost sales.

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Romantics Anonymous Trailer


Angelique is a highly emotional person; so much so that she goes to meetings, known as Romantics Anonymous, to talk to other people like herself. Angelique is also a master chocolatiere, who is pursuing a job offer to work in a small chocolate manufacturing business, which is run by Jean-Rene.

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Le Refuge Review


Very Good
Ozon is back in sensitive-drama mode for this almost subliminal personal story of a young woman trying to piece together the fragments of her life and understand her conflicting expectations and desires. But it's not easy to get a grip on.

In a posh Paris apartment, Louis and Mousse (Poupaud and Carre) live in squalor, addicted to heroin. They overdose, end up in hospital and, when Mousse wakes up, her doctor surprises her with the news that she's eight weeks pregnant and alone. Louis' mother (Vernet) blames her for everything, so Mousse escapes to an isolated house on the coast. She's joined there by Louis' more sympathetic brother Paul (Choisy). And even though she knows that he's gay, she starts falling for him. Even when he hooks up with someone else (Louis-Calixte).

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Private Fears In Public Places Review


Excellent
Here's one no one could have seen coming. Alain Resnais, at the stately age of 84, comes back from a life of harrowing Holocaust documentaries and existential meditations to direct a winter-set play adaptation with a modest multi-narrative pull. Swept with snow-flurry transitions and sunken-in rom-com dynamics, Private Fears in Public Places, besides being the filmmaker's best work since 1977's Providence, brings theatrical adaptation to a new level of complexity and imagination.

It all starts with Thierry (the great André Dussollier), a realtor trying to find an apartment for Nicole (Laura Morante) and her contemptible husband Dan (Lambert Wilson). Thierry is harboring yearnings for his secretary Charlotte (Sabine Azéma), whose scattershot persona lends itself both to the religious and the carnal. Charlotte's night-job finds her taking care of the curmudgeonly father of bartender Lionel (Pierre Arditi) while he is serving drinks to Dan and Thierry's sister Gaelle (Isabelle Carre) at a classy hotel bar. All of this is connected by Charlotte's bible, a mysterious videotape of a woman go-go dancing and the search for a perfect apartment.

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not Review


Weak
Those of you enchanted by the cute title of this film, along with a poster featuring Amelie pixie Audrey Tautou's smiling face beaming out over a lush rose, stop right there. Hang up on Moviefone. Understand something before you shell out $20 for tickets and another $10 for snacks at the movie theater.

Your beloved Audrey is not starring in a sweet romantic comedy this time around.

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He Loves Me Review


Weak

Throughout the first half of "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" -- a deceptive romantic thriller that thinks itself full of clever twists -- writer-director Laetitia Colombani conspicuously leaves out so many details of her story that it's a dead give-away something is amiss.

She buys a little time and good will from the audience by casting angelic Audrey Tautou -- the sweetheart of arthouse cinema after 2001's "Amélie" -- as her heroine, an art student zealously in love with a young, handsome, married cardiologist (Samuel Le Bihan, "Brotherhood of the Wolf").

Colombani tries to skirt around the fact that Le Bihan doesn't seem to be in love with Tautou -- he's noticeably absent from her day-to-day life -- by having their affair unfold only through Tautou's gossip to a girlfriend (Sophie Guillemin) and lonely bleating to an innocuous, haplessly smitten male classmate (Clement Sibony) who just wants to be near her.

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Looking For Hortense Trailer

Looking For Hortense Trailer

Damien Hauer is a professor of Chinese civilization whose life with his stage director girlfriend...

Romantics Anonymous Movie Review

Romantics Anonymous Movie Review

Almost criminally charming, this French romantic-comedy is very slight, but it's so enjoyable that we...

Romantics Anonymous Trailer

Romantics Anonymous Trailer

Angelique is a highly emotional person; so much so that she goes to meetings, known...

Le Refuge Movie Review

Le Refuge Movie Review

Ozon is back in sensitive-drama mode for this almost subliminal personal story of a young...

Private Fears in Public Places Movie Review

Private Fears in Public Places Movie Review

Here's one no one could have seen coming. Alain Resnais, at the stately age of...

He Loves Me Movie Review

He Loves Me Movie Review

Throughout the first half of "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" -- a deceptive...

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