Happily Ever After (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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 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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NR
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (21)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 21, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

This is an affair to forget.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Gets bogged down in midlife-crisis cliches.

September 1, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Happily Ever After

½

It's a bit depressing on the onset and has little pick up. Great acting, but the story doesn't fully develop into anything. It has all the makings of a witty, intellectual commentary on modern day marriage but fails to actualize.

Alina Rozenfeld
Alina Rozenfeld

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 Abell
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!

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

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