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Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (...And They Lived Happily Ever After) (2005)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 18

Though this French film features good acting, it lacks the wit and charm one would expect to see.

57

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 9

Though this French film features good acting, it lacks the wit and charm one would expect to see.

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Writer, director, and actor Yvan Attal takes another look at the ups and downs of love and monogamy in this biting romantic comedy. Vincent (Yvan Attal), Fred (Alain Cohen), and Georges (Alain Chabat) are three Parisian men in their early forties who are coming to the unfortunate realization that their love lives are not what they dreamed of in their youth. Vincent is married to Gabrielle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and while there's still some spark left in their marriage, it usually appears only

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (18) | DVD (4)

This is an affair to forget.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Gets bogged down in midlife-crisis cliches.

September 1, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Attal knows that no matter how adult we feel when we say, 'I do,' marriage is all child's play: jealousy, lies and pure, unconditional love. Perplexing, but not a bad option.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Happily Ever After is never as insightful or as funny as Woody at his best. But the film has a fine-tuned approach to human behavior.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A meditation on the joys and frustrations of monogamy that manages to be a diverting and funny character study at least most of the time.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Attal taps into that unexpectedness -- the inability of just one person to captain the course of a relationship no matter how hard they try -- and he plays it for all it's worth.

September 8, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There are a few quality moments, but this fairy tale is far from enchanting.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Whatever points screenwriter/director Attal is trying to make about relationship envy get lost as the marital conflicts become more contrived and shrill.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Attal doesn't illuminate Vincent's motives for straying, and unwisely suggests Vincent's philandering and Gabrielle's daydreaming are somehow morally equivalent.

August 12, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

In a world filled with empty lust and marital discord, Yvan Attal's wistful comedy is about a guy who loves his wife.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The story in the French Happily Ever After is about as exciting as that bland, mistranslated title. But the filmmaking? Very exciting.

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A sour, grating comedy-drama about fidelity and infidelity among the Parisian bourgeoisie...certainly won't send you home with a smile on your face.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Attal is creative in crafting cinematic mood, using focus and camera movements to subtly but deftly enhance and even anticipate emotions.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

This is a fetching piece of work, both comical and savvy, and Gainsborough's brisk, forward intelligence rescues Gabrielle from snags of marital self-pity.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (...And They Lived Happily Ever After)

i really enjoyed this film's cross-section of people dealing with various facets of coupledom, love, fidelity, marriage, etc. the elevator ride with johnny depp was quite poetic and a wonderful close to the film.
July 17, 2008
bookmunki

Super Reviewer

An interesting study of three men who are friends, in different marital situations, and who have different approaches to love and happiness. It explores fidelity and what constitutes happiness within the family unit. Charlotte Gainsbourg is lovely in this as Gabrielle, wife of Vincent (Yvan Attal). Some bizarre games transpire between these two and the cover art is taken from one of those playtimes. Lots of interesting camera work, a lively script, and some lovely actors keep things from becoming too trite, but it's not all that deep either. Mildly entertaining at best.
June 25, 2010
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

this is a really realistic story and fine acting especially by the core cast. The only problem i had with it is the ending seems to be inserted smack dab in the middle of the story, which left me a bit confused. Its a bittersweet tale about marriage; an old subject to be sure, but refreshing with this french perspective. Enjoy!
February 27, 2010
alanjayh
alan jay

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