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.


Caitlin said...

This is such a good film! I remember feeling the exact same "HOLY CRAP" feeling as you - it's so brilliantly made and the story is so unique!

Hannah M said...

I think my favorite "OH MY GOSH" moment that they just quietly left, without like hammering it in or actually drawing any connections, was when his wife miscarried because she was hit by a motorcycle. And I was like, "OH CRAP OH CRAP THAT'S HOW SHE BROKE HER FRIEND'S BIKE." Haha... so much of the second half was like that for me.