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Un homme, un vrai

Director: Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu

FRANCE| 2003. ENGLISH SUBTITLES. COLOUR. DOLBY STEREO SR. 120 MINUTES.


The romantic comedy is given a breathlessly individual spin in this striking feature debut by the brothers Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu. The film starts out promising a musical satire on corporate culture, then takes the first of several tantalising changes of direction as it covers the star-crossed romantic travails of Boris and Maryline. He’s an aspiring filmmaker shooting an over-ambitious video for the company where she works; it’s love at first sight, but we barely catch our breath before their romance takes them on an unlikely journey that ends up in the Pyrenees, and a dizzy fantasia of tourism, mountaineering and bird-watching.
In a film of often stunning visual elegance, the Larrieu brothers combine mischievous comic intelligence with a daredevil attitude to plot and character, putting their lead duo through some very unexpected metamorphoses. The charismatic leads are Mathieu Amalric-who does the harassed urban intello better than any actor in France-and the up-and-coming Helene Fillieres, a quirkily intelligent new comic talent. Playful, entertaining and very inventive, Un homme, un vrai is one of the discoveries of the year.

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