Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (1999)




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Jeanne, a beautiful young woman with a profusion of boyfriends, always seems to be in a hurry. One day, she meets Olivier, who is HIV positive. Olivier turns out to be the true love she's been searching for. When Olivier learns he has little time to live, he vanishes, leaving a troubled Jeanne alone, desperately searching for some sign of him. After a while, Jeanne learns that Olivier has died. But she resolves that life must go on.
Art House & International , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Mathieu Demy
as Olivier
Frédéric Gorny
as Jean-Baptiste
Laurent Arcaro
as The Messenger
Michel Raskine
as The Plumber
Damien Dodane
as Jacques
Nelly Borgeaud
as Jeanne's Mother
René Morard
as Jeanne's Father
Jean-Marc Rouleau
as Friend Olivier
Emmanuelle Goize
as The Bookseller
Marief Guittier
as The Nurse
Judith Guittier
as The BDE Lady
Christine Millet
as The Night Nurse
Cedric Brenner
as The BDE Guy
Nicolas Seguy
as Edouard
Johanna Menuteau
as Nathalie
My Linh Bui
as Self Maid
Juliette Chanaud
as Cinema Cashier
Philippe Mangeot
as Act Up Militant
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Critic Reviews for Jeanne and the Perfect Guy

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This odd mix doesn't work, nor do the Demyesque song-and-dance numbers, which are musically unmemorable.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Jeanne and the Perfect Guy


A serious (even sad) story wrapped up with songs & dances- though some of which not really helping the story to move. A bit hollow, not impressive enough.


A bit of a misfire but still a poignant musical featuring the always brilliant Virginie Ledoyen in the title role. Some songs work well but due to the subject matter (AIDS) some just come out too over dramatic and flat. Notable is the performance of Matthieu Demy the son of French director Jacques Demy who knew a thing or two about making musicals (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)

Generoso Fierro
Generoso Fierro

Jeanne has an appetite for love that can never be satisfied. Lovers at every corner of her life she is still in search of that "one". When a impromptu tryst on the subway with Olivier gives her butterflies like never before she finally finds herself in love, truly in love. Yet she continues her affairs but now with a realization that they are not what she wants, she wants Olivier. Olivier reluctant to continue the romance with Jeanne for fear of hurting her or worse yet her seeing him at his worse. Olivier reveals to Jeanne he has AIDS from a bad needle during his heroine use. This however does not scare Jeanne off and her love for him turns her into a new person who wants to care for him, but that is not what he wants. The two share a common friend that is an AIDS Activist but they don't know it. Then Olivier because severely ill and Jeanne professes her love and her infidelity. That is the last she ever sees of Olivier. She returns to the hospital to find he has left with his parents, and left no forwarding address. Much time passes, and still the pain of her lost love resides. She knows of nothing of his whereabouts and no way to find him, until she bumps in to a friend that accompanied Olivier on the subway when she met him. Then she finally learns her love has passed on. A musical about the french governments lack of concern and role in the dire conditions of their citizens and about the different classes in society from the immigrant workers, soldiers, upper class and economic dependency on credit cards. A story that covers all walks of life and the pains of love.

Leslie Erentreich
Leslie Erentreich

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