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He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not (2002 – PG-13)

May 1, 2009

Originally posted on January 6, 2004


Story

He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not, aka À la folie… pas du tout, has some surprise story elements, so I don’t want to give away anything if you actually plan on seeing it in the future. Suffice it to say that a young woman falls in love with a man, and struggles with his constant changing of attitudes towards her. This doesn’t sound like much, but the aforementioned plot twist and the method in which it is shown merits a high score.

Story = 20

Cast

Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré, Clément Sibony, Sophie Guillemin, Eric Savin, Michèle Garay, and Elodie Navarre. It is likely that the only face or name of this cast recognizable to American audiences is that of Audrey Tautou who received much attention for her role in Amelie. She plays a different type of character in this film, but there are parallels. The rest of the cast was pretty solid. I have no complaints, and Le Bihan was actually quite good. Just think of all the fine actors world wide that we have no inkling of here in the States. Kind of a shame really.

Cast = 20

Soundtrack/Score

They use the Nat King Cole song “L.O.V.E.” with great effect in the movie. In fact, it helps push the plot evolution along. I love when music and story are intermixed and woven together with skill, and this is a prime example of it.

Soundtrack/Score = 20

Quote/Catch Phrase

“I have no one.” Again, an important line used in regards to the plot, but on it’s own not too impressive. Taking a catch phrase from a foreign film is a tad harder due to translation changes, and because we don’t have the added bonus of actually hearing the line. That reminds me. If you are going to watch foreign films, PLEASE watch them with the original audio tracks, and use subtitles. They are a little annoying at first, but you quickly adapt to them. If you don’t, then you lose a great deal of the movie’s character, and get no idea of the acting ability of the cast as much is shown in voice.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 12

Rewatchability

For the first 30 minutes or so of this movie, I thought, “Yeah, ok, this is kind of boring,” but the movie did a nice job of stopping, and showing the previous events from another person’s perspectives, and really helped the viewer see what was really happening. It was a brilliant idea to show the flaws in human perception, among other things, and was done in a way which lent itself well to cinema.

Rewatchability = 20

Total Score =92

I really like this movie more and more as I think about it. It also doesn’t hurt that there are several attractive women in the cast, and they all keep their clothes on. Leaves more to the imagination that way. Hehe.

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