Friday, August 04, 2006

[DVD] He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (À la folie... pas du tout) (2002)

Hello? Is It Me You're Looking For?

This is a relatively short movie, and to dwell on it too much might just take away the enjoyment of discovering what the story has to say.

The tagline's quite apt for this movie - Every love story has two sides. So you might think that you love someone, and how sure are you about that feeling? And to the other person, does he/she feel the same, and reciprocate? It might be a bad case of infatuation, lust, or just plain miscommunication and misinterpretation of mixed or wrong signals.

Audrey Tautou plays Angelique, an arts student who is in love with a doctor Loic. Problem is, the doc's married and his wife is expecting a baby. The premise already hints of an unconventional love story, that from the point of view of "the other woman", who in her own reasoning, doesn't see herself as a family wrecker. And of course it's all too easy to blame Loic as the cad who can't keep his trousers zipped.

Did I already mention that this is an unconventional love story? If you think that the above premise is nothing new (since it's done to death in various drama serials), this film pulls the rug from right under your feet, by having go back in time (like, literally rewinding!), and watching the entire sequence of events again from Loic's point of view. Without spoiling it at all for you, I can say any audience will be in for a bit of a surprise, along the lines of perception, gestures, body language, as well as having a mystery built into the narrative. Things are not quite what they seem, especially when that strong emotion called Love comes into the scheme of things.

It's a major departure, at least for me, to see Audrey Tautou take on a role like this. I think she already has this quirky sweetie pie image projected from her Amelie days, and this role was something vastly different. A refreshing change, though she still maintains those whimsical forlorn gaze from her huge eyes, and that I so adore (hmm... think I am starting to have this thing for eyes now....)

It's not a feel good romance in that sense, but one which demonstrates that Love has this ability to captivate you, and probably make you behave in some irrational manner. Although this one takes that notion to the extreme, you can't help but wonder, isn't that what stalkers do all the time?

Code 3 DVD comes with no extra frills besides English and Chinese subtitles, and scene selection.

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