My Wife Is an Actress Reviews
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.
Like Happily Ever After, it's light and fun, but not TOO lightweight, and the story's compelling enough and the characters likable enough to keep you watching. The humor's fine-tuned, and with Gainsbourg, Attal, Stamp, and Sagnier on-screen as the film's core, you've got enjoyable performances across the board.
Strong cinematography and numerous well framed shots again remind of Attal's talent as a director (And that he's been working with a damn good cineatographer), and the film's soundtrack stands out as another reason to say he's got good taste in music.
All in all, My Wife is an Actress is predictable and doesn't really take any risks, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable for what it is. See it, laugh, and bask in the warmth of the storytelling and characters. It won't change your world or life, but you'll enjoy yourself.