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UP FOR LOVE

SYNOPSIS: A man finds a girl's phone and decides to invite her for dinner. sWhen successful lawyer Diane (Virginie Efira) gets a call from the man who has found her mobile phone, she is immediately intrigued and charmed. As she and Alexandre (Jean Dujardin) chat and plan to meet, it becomes evident that there is chemistry. But when they meet, they find there is a small problem: they are perfectly matched in every way but one.

Review by Louise Keller:
Two charming lead performances are wasted in this misconceived comedic romcom whose one-joke premise quickly wears thin and is adversely tainted by the wrong tone. Director Laurent Tirard struggles to manage the elements with slapstick comedy, never-ending height jokes and the more serious elements the film valiantly tries to address. Big mistake! I wished handsome JeanDujardin and lovely Virginie Efira had been in a different film.

The film begins well with a tantalizing pre-title sequence that beautiful describes the circumstances in which Diane (Efira) and Alexandre (Dujardin) meet for the first time - on the phone. He is the thoughtful stranger who rings to tell Diane he has found the mobile phone she accidentally leaves in the restaurant. He is funny, witty, charming. His voice is seductive. The bath overflows while they are talking... Naturally she is curious. She agrees to meet him.

I chuckled when the 5 foot 4 inch Alexandre jumps to seat himself at the chair opposite Diane, his short legs dangling underneath him. She is tongue-tied; he is not. Charm is his accessory and Dujardin (who dazzled us in his Oscar-winning role, The Artist) is in his element. Our first fascination is the digital magic that allows the ordinarily 6 foot Dujardin to appear perfectly proportioned. In fact, it becomes a distraction as we wonder how it is done; I couldn't help but wonder whether it would have been smarter to have cast a height challenged actor.

There is a sub plot involving Alexandre's son Benji (Cesar Domboy) and one with Diane's jealous ex-husband and lawfirm partner Bruno (Cedric Kahn). The scene in which Bruno pummels the back of a large chair in which the unsuspecting Alexandre is sitting (but Bruno cannot see, because Alexandre is diminutive), is indicative of one that grates, while the 'meeting the parents' dinner scene is cringe worthy. Bruno calls Diane Snow White. The running gag in which a very large dog Lucio physically knocks Alexandre down every time he appears is a real yawn and it annoyed me that Diane continued to wear 3 inch heels, when the height difference was clearly an issue.

The serious moments are at odds with the ridiculous and in the end, I couldn't wait for the film to end. Maybe size does matter! Or the way it is handled, at least.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

UP FOR LOVE (M)
(France, 2016)

Un homme ą la hauteur

CAST: Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cedric Kahn, Stephanie Papanian, Cesar Domboy, Edmonde Franchi, Manoelle Gaillard, Bruno Gomila, Camille Damour

PRODUCER: Sidonie Dumas, Vanessa van Zuylen

DIRECTOR: Laurent Tirard

SCRIPT: Laurent Tirard, Gregoire Vigneron (original screenplay Marcos Carnevale)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jérome Alméras

EDITOR: Valérie Deseine

MUSIC: Éric Neveux

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Franćoise Dupertuis

RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Icon

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 1, 2016







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