FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: Love Me Know More

Sometimes the simple things in life are often the best. 'Love Me Know More' (Deux jours a tuer) certainly lives up to this saying.
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: Love Me Know More
Sometimes the simple things in life are often the best. Love Me Know More (Deux jours a tuer) certainly lives up to this saying. This uncomplicated film elegantly tells the story of Antoine (Albert Dupontel), a 42-year-old man going through what appears to be a major mid-life crisis. Antoine reminds us of many people we know. From the outside, he looks happy. He has a great advertising job, two lovely children, a beautiful wife, and the perfect home in a suburb of Paris. However, one day Antoine snaps and this apparently perfect life changes forever. He is seen hand in hand with another woman, is rude to a client, quits his job, leaves his wife and children, and during a memorable birthday dinner scene, has an enormous fight with his friends. He packs his bag, leaves Paris, and heads to Ireland to see his father (Pierre Vaneck). Director Jean Becker's beautifully told story takes us on a journey of a man appearing to go through a major mid-life crisis. He is clearly in trouble and we cannot help but feel helpless, and even slightly frustrated, as we watch him implode. The pain and destruction that he heaves on those around him can only make us question what is really going on. As the story unfolds, we understand more and more about what makes him tick, and the unexpected twist in the ending makes you realise just how much pain he is really in. The story is not all doom and gloom with Becker injecting a good dose of wit along the way. It is easy to see why this film received three Cesar nominations. FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL Love me know more Director: Jean Becker With: Marie-Josée Croze, Pierre Vaneck, Albert Dupontel Duration: 85 mins Rating: MA15+ THREE CESAR NOMINATIONS! Best Actor (Dupontel), Supporting Actor (Vaneck), Adapted Screenplay

Simon Baker

Monday 2 March, 2009

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