My Wife Is an Actress (2002)
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Critic Reviews for My Wife Is an Actress
Attal pushes too hard to make this a comedy or serious drama. He seems to want both, but succeeds in making neither.
My Wife Is an Actress is an utterly charming French comedy that feels so American in sensibility and style it's virtually its own Hollywood remake.
The film's as witty as any subtitled movie has a right to be.
It's Othello Lite -- minus that bit at the end about murder-suicide, but with every ounce of Shakespeare's insane emotion.
Little more than a frothy vanity project.
Audience Reviews for My Wife Is an Actress
The marriage between a successful actress and a sportswriter suffers as a result of jealousy, distance, and the nature of her profession. After watching this film, you shouldn't wonder why relationships in Hollywood last as long as milk on a hot day. Yvan Attal's deft, comic story-telling renders all the awkwardness a man might feel while watching his wife naked on screen. And the scene in which he surprises her on set only to find the entire cast and crew naked is truly hilarious. I'm glad that the film stopped at sexual jealousy and didn't suggest that Yvan was emasculated because his wife's success eclipsed his own. Such a plot would have been cliche and reduced Yvan's character to nothing more than a typically insecure male. Terence Stamp is perfectly cast as the cad co-star who crosses the line between creating "on-screen chemistry" and seducing another man's wife. His lecherous looks make him dangerously charming, and there is the right amount of self-aggrandizing to make his character worthy of comic ridicule. I was fully prepared to go as high as four stars until the end. I don't know what Attal was thinking, but the story never resolved. We never know what motivates this couple's decision, and as a result, it's difficult to determine what exactly Attal is saying about these characters or the business of filmmaking. Overall, though, My Wife Is an Actress provides some brilliant moments and is filled with charming performances.
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