Happily Ever After

Critics Consensus

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

57%

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Total Count: 42

71%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,204
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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 after an argument. Vincent is having a furtive affair with a beautiful woman (Angie David), while Gabrielle is tempted to do the same when a handsome man in a record shop (Johnny Depp) begins silently flirting with her. Fred is the bachelor of the group, and seems to have an endless parade of women passing through his bedroom, but no one misses the fact that he longs for the sort of long-term relationship that has so far evaded him. And Georges is reaching the end of his rope with his wife, Nathalie (Emmanuelle Seigner), an abrasive feminist who insists on making every aspect of their lives a political matter, but lacking the courage to break up with her, Georges deals with his feelings in the traditional manner -- he buys a new car. Happily Ever After was Attal's first project as writer and director after his international hit Ma Femme Est une Actrice.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Cast

Yvan Attal
as Vincent
Alain Chabat
as Georges
Anouk Aimée
as Vincent's Mother
Claude Berri
as Vincent's Father
Johnny Depp
as L'inconnu
Angie David
as Vincent's Mistress
Aurore Clement
as Mother of Vincent's Mistress
Stéphanie Murat
as Géraldine
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Critic Reviews for Happily Ever After

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Audience Reviews for 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.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer

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