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Love at First Fight is overflowing with relentlessly acerbic humor that shapes the way the film's two young protagonists contend with not just each other, but also with the uncertainties of the world they're emerging into as adults.
Aggression, not affection, sparks romance in Les Combattants, a promising feature debut that already had members of the French film establishment touting newcomer Thomas Cailley as the next big thing.
Director Thomas Cailley conjures up a vivid, unusual world, offering a playful reversal of usual gender roles.
There's a better movie floating around the edges of the French import "Love at First Fight" than first-time feature director Thomas Cailley has allowed to surface.
All in all, this film is refreshingly original, an existential, boy-meets-survivalist romantic comedy.
What starts out as a promisingly unique tale of a macho woman and the meek guy who falls for her turns into something else once Madeleine leaves for training camp and Arnaud follows.
The debut feature for its young writer-director, this unassuming but engaging French dramedy deserves the prizes it picked up at Cannes and at the country's Oscar-equivalent Cesars.
Irritably charming, Love at First Fight is a warm summer romance destined to be remade by Hollywood.
Les Combattants is diverting enough, but it is not exceptional.
Crowd-pleasing without compromising on its uniqueness, the result has romcom structure but a beguiling adventure mood reminiscent of the best US indies.
Thomas Cailley's Love at First Fight is a French romantic comedy that's a good thing for a change, instead feeling more like a charming YA novel.
The dramatic final act is audacious, yet wholly in keeping with the film's bubbling themes of love and war.
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