Not Here To Be Loved


Not Here To Be Loved (2007)



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A weary "hussier de justice" whose job it is to deliver the paperwork preceding eviction and seizure of property forges a warm but tenuous relationship with a doubtful bride-to-be in director Stephane Brize's melancholy slice of life drama. Jean-Claude is a dreary soul who inherited the thankless family business from his prickly, widowed father. Every Sunday the devoted son dutifully visits his elderly father in the nearby rest home, where the old man passes his time by heckling his put upon caretakers, and one day Jean-Claude notices a dance studio directly across from his drab office. Hoping that a tango lesson will provide the required jolt needed to shake him free of his midlife funk, the depressive Jean-Claude enrolls in a class only to find that one of his fellow students is a young woman for whom his mother once babysat. The bride-to-be of a teacher who has taken time out of the classroom to finish his ambitious first novel, the young woman is taking tango lessons in order to be properly prepared for her impending wedding. As a friendly bond develops between the pair over the course of the lessons, it soon becomes obvious that both are missing a crucial element of happiness in their lives.


Critic Reviews for Not Here To Be Loved

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A very impressive debut and one of the best French films of the year.

Jun 8, 2007 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Broadly speaking, Not Here to Be Loved is a romantic comedy, though the romance is tortuous and the comedy tentative.

Sep 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The only film worth seeing this week is Not Here To Be Loved, a modest French comedy that has more expressive subtlety and romance in it than Soderbergh and co will ever manage, even unto Ocean's Umpteen.

Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The small scale of this melancholic romantic comedy is offset by its big themes. Bleak, well observed and dryly funny.

Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Although the prevailing mood is melancholic, there's also a welcome vein of dry humour at work here

Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This tale of unlikely love is an equally unlikely charmer.

Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Not Here To Be Loved

Streaked with melancholia and dark humour, this unsentimental drama about characters finding things missing in their lives and trying to change benefits from low-key performances and dialogue that feels real. The story itself is fairly straightforward and the direction unfussy; it's the sadness that stays with you afterward.

Daniel Parsons
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