Up For Love (Un Homme A La Hauteur)

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Up For Love (Un Homme A La Hauteur)

A French romcom about a short man and the woman he loves

Jean Dujardin, the actor with the thousand-megawatt charisma from ‘The Artist’, is shrunk to 4’ 5” by digital effects to play a short guy in this fluffy, fun French romcom. He is architect Alexandre, who picks up a phone left in a bar by newly single lawyer Diane (Virginie Efira). When the two meet, he’s her perfect match – wildly successful, attractive and super confident without being cocky. With one exception: Alexandre is about 18 inches too short (after a growth hormone deficiency in childhood).

The two start dating but his height is an issue. Diane is terrified to introduce him to her ex husband – out of a mix of embarrassment and fear that he will humiliate Alexandre. There’s an interesting-ish gender politics angle here. It’s no longer okay for a man to say he likes a girl with bit of an arse. But what about a woman saying she likes her Prince Charming fairytale tall and strong? But ‘Up For Love’ is a French romcom, so it has no place for feminism. There is a message here about celebrating differences, which would be a bit more convincing if they’d cast a smaller actor in the role – instead of using distracting CG effects on Dujardin.

By: Cath Clarke

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday August 5 2016
Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Laurent Tirard
Cast: Jean Dujardin
Virginie Efira
Cédric Kahn
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