... And They Lived Happily Ever After

2004, Comedy/Drama, 1h 45m

42 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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

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Three middle-aged Frenchmen struggle with their love lives. Vincent (Yvan Attal) has been unfaithful to his wife, Gabrielle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who in turn is considering an affair of her own with a man (Johnny Depp) she meets at a record shop. Georges (Alain Chabat) is frustrated with his domineering and argumentative wife, Nathalie (Emmanuelle Seigner), but finds himself unable to leave her. And Fred (Alain Cohen), a longtime bachelor, finds himself unexpectedly pursuing a monogamy.

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Critic Reviews for ... And They Lived Happily Ever After

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Audience Reviews for ... And They Lived Happily Ever After

  • Jun 25, 2010
    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.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2010
    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!
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2008
    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.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2007
    "<i>Stop Yelling! And stop boxing, people will think I beat you!</i>" <a href="http://s172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/?action=view¤t=ART_NP_happily_040805.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/ART_NP_happily_040805.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> A delightful French film about the different shades of love and lust as experienced by a married couple and the husband's two best friends. Like Yvan Attal's previous <i>My Wife is an Actress</i>, the film is neither comedy nor drama but an iridescent blending of the two, like the complex sky of a Turner painting. Attal's psychological insights and his skill with actors draw us into the characters' lives, in ways that are never less than sympathetic, and he's becoming a damn good filmmaker; his camerawork is always loose, fluid and intent on discovery; it adores Charlotte Gainsbourg at all times and lets characters' moments together and alone unfurl easily and casually in a way that Hollywood seems to want to avoid like failure. The sort of frothy, amusing and tremendously provocative Parisian romantic comedy that Eric Rohmer used to do so well.
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