This heavily-contrived, undemanding and often funny mainstream, Paris-set comedy-drama stars its co-scripter Alain Chabat as the 43-year-old middle-class perfumier – 'your nose is the cornerstone of our company!' proclaims his boss – who hires Charlotte Gainsbourg's furniture restorer to fake an engagement to fend off the unwanted pressure from his formidable gaggle of sisters for him to marry. Classily-directed – far more classy than it needs to be, as they say – Eric Lartigau's film imagines his family as a kind of democratic National Assembly, dominated by the women's party, who pass self-interested resolutions on the future of the family's infantalised, sole male. That Lartigau delivers some kind of emotional dividend as he outlines Chabat and Gainsbourg's inevitable growing genuine affection for each other has much to do with Gainsbourg's nicely-judeged performance.
|Release date:||Friday November 2 2007|
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