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French comedy displays an expert cast at work ★★★
Wildly different types of people get together all the time in real life, which makes the phoniness of most romantic comedies all the more frustrating. In the movies it's seldom a matter of an audience believing in realistic-seeming behavior or situations cooked up by the screenwriters and the director. More often, rom-coms require believing just enough of the lie, so that you can give in and let the actors take your mind off the improbabilities. How do they do it? They do it with everything that cannot be taught in drama school: charm, wit, some honest emotion underneath the comedy.
August 29, 2013