Critic Review - Chicago Reader

If Lelouch's sensibilities are too flimsy to substantiate his quasi-epic ambitions, the film nevertheless offers some cozy comforts and more than a few inside filmmaking jokes.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Sheri Whalen

Sheri Whalen

I cannot believe that no one has mentioned the stroke of brilliance that makes this film an ingenious gem. The film is a "boy meets girl" film in reverse. The two do not meet until the final minute. Instead, the film goes back two generations, beginning with the grandparents of the boy and girl, who come from totally different backgrounds (she comes from a refined background, he is a petty criminal, and their grandparents also reflect these differences). The film flips back and forth from past generations to present as the boy and girl grow up. Their parents are equally different: hers are Jews who meet when they both survive concentration camps. Have you ever wondered if you and your spouse passed each other before you met? Look closely at this film.....the boy and girl are in the same restaurant mid-film, before they even know each other exists. And when the boys comes out of jail after being arrested for making pornographic films, he rises to become a serious filmmaker.....and is interviewed on a talk show.....and when asked about his new project, the film he describes that he is working on is the film you are actually watching!! All of these nuances make And Now My Love one of the most well-conceived films I've ever seen. I've seen it six times, and each time I discover something new in it.

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