He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not Reviews
It's tough to agree to sit to watch a romantic movie. Not really my cup of tea. But then IMDb had described this as a Thriller too, and so I decided to give it a go. And I'm glad I did. A simple story of troubles arising out of an infatuated teenager's misinterpretations of a married doctor's feelings. However, it's the slick execution that elevates the tempo of the plot & helps maintain the interest in this simple story. I liked how the writers made it as realistic as possible (instead of offering it as a no-brainer entertainer), and made such a crazy story believable enough with relatively few plot-holes. First, the story is told from Angélique's point of view, and thereafter the real circumstances are revealed. Although they don't come as twists as you kinda know what's in store, the effect is still amazing. I didn't like Amelie, but this one's exceptionally good. Indeed, well worth the risk. I was prepared for yet another disappointment, but it didn't come to that. It succeeded in overcoming my negative expectations. Entertaining stuff & a splendid experience. Of course, time & mood has played their role in it too. Some other day, I might have panned this flick for the very same reasons I appreciated it. Mood swings. For now, it's 7/10.
For a film in which the plot seems very predictable and obvious it didn;t become that way towards the end of the film. It starts of as an affair, what we are led to believe, from one point of view seemed predictable at one point. The use of two narratives worked well as it gave a whole new slant on the film. Chnaged it from a avergae affirs to a dangerous liason which we evntually find out about.
The re-wind technique of different perspectives, descended from the Japanese "Rashomon," has combined entertainment with philosophical insight by the German Tom Tykwer, in such as "Run Lola Run," and with socio-political commentary in the Mexican "Amores Perros." Add in the American know-how of creepiness from "Fatal Attraction" and "One Hour Photo," and the French writer/director Laetitia Colombani, mais oui, applies it all to matters of the heart.
She uses both a rational and visual approach to an enormously entertaining take on "she says, he says"/"he loves she who is in love with he who is in love with she" etc. that is an unpredictable roller coaster.
Our other stereotypical assumptions also lead to other surprises. Unlike Hollywood, this movie respects our intelligence, and leaves us to figure out what's going on and anticipate what will happen after the end.
Just like it took awhile to feel good about "Singing in the Rain" after seeing "Clockwork Orange" and a certain classic rock song after "Reservoir Dogs," you may get a frisson of the creepies from Nat King Cole after this.
Audrey Tatou plays a role totally different from her role as Amelie, in the 2001 film. From the outset her character appears innocent and I felt sympathy for her and especially her friend who just wanted to be with her. She certainly changed my opion on her acting.
What I loved at the end of the film was the fact it wasn't predicatble at atll. HAving the two narratives, told by two different perspectives before that made be think I knew what was coming. What a twist at the end!
What the director does well is making the audience think they know what's going to happen but the tables are turned at the end as I said before.
I loved the photography which makes the film seem innocent from the beginning. Also gives a brilliant landscap ideology of France. Just brilliant.
Overall worth the watch for Tatou's performance. Just don't expect a romantic film because it just isn't.
Enjoyed the ending.
Audrey Tautou is so cute and innocent, I can't wait to watch another movie of hers.
Good movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon drinking a glass of wine.
The first twenty minutes of this movie were a little odd, as the storyline was (purposely) blurred. However, as the story unfolded I discovered a shocking, suspenseful, and passionate plot. I stared wide-eyed at the screen during the last 40 minutes of the film.