Thursday, January 23, 2014
He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
IMDb plot summary: I have chosen not to include this because it included plot points that I don't think are meant to be obvious or revealed right from the start, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone just with the summary.
Directed by Laetitia Colombani. Starring Audrey Tautou and Samuel Le Bihan.
(Spoilers ahead that, for me, would have made a difference in how I viewed the movie.)
This was NOT the movie I thought it was going to be. Heh. I was mildly interested the first 20 minutes, then when it got darker in the next 20 I was slightly more interested, and then at the 40-minute mark, everything suddenly shifts and I went, "HOLY CRAP."
The rest of the movie was a LOT of me going, "HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP." In a good way. It goes from sweet romantic comedy to dark romantic drama to terrifying psychological thriller, and the final 2 minutes or so is awesomely horrifying. Who would have thought Audrey Tautou's angelic smile would look so creepy in a slightly different context?
I really enjoyed this movie, but I think half of my enjoyment was having no idea where it was headed. If I had read anything about this going into it (including the IMDb plot summary) I don't think I would have enjoy the sudden switch in genres nearly as much as I did. 4 stars.
Flickchart: #405 out of 1998, below The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and above The Producers (2005).
Buy it on DVD from Amazon.