January 22, 2006

Off topic: un film français!

I saw a great movie tonight on DVD. It's French, it's called Happily Ever After. It stars one of my favorite actresses, Charlotte Gainsbourg, in a really good part about a woman who suspects her husband is cheating on her and how she decides to deal with that. It's directed, written by and also stars Yvan Attal. The movie is really about monogamy and also includes a few other couples, but it's Charolotte's story. The script is very no-nonsense and contemporary and the title is meant to be ironic: what is happily ever after - is it naive? The scene above is one in which she and her husband in the movie (Attal, her real-life partner) have a food fight. I urge you to rent it! If this doesn't lure you, you should know that very early in the movie there is a brilliant scene (set to Radiohead's "Creep") in which Charlotte has a mysterious encounter with an uncredited Johnny Depp.

Side note about Charlotte: I first saw her in a movie called
Cement Garden
(while in London!) - a fucked up (but good) movie based on an Ian McEwan book about incest. I had no idea at the time that she was the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, and that she was not really English. She grew up in France, but her English accent is flawless - in fact, it is a snippet of dialog from that movie that opens Madonna's song "What It Feels Like For A Girl" - you know: "Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, because it's OK to be a boy, but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading..." She has a website, where you can hear that sample in the music section.

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