Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Original title: Ma Femme Est Une Actrice
France, 2001. Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Katharina, Renn Productions, TF1 Films Production. Screenplay by Yvan Attal. Cinematography by Remy Chevrin. Produced by Claude Berri. Music by Brad Mehldau. Production Design by Katia Wyszkop. Costume Design by Jacqueline Bouchard. Film Editing by Jennifer Auge.
Yvan Attal directs himself and his real-life wife Charlotte Gainsbourg as fictional versions of themselves in this charming comedy-drama. He lives with his actress wife and undergoes all the insecurities that come with the territory, particularly as she has to spend so much time on the set of her new film making out with another man, pretending to make love to him and be naked in front of others. Her husband starts to wonder if she really sees it as part of her job like she says, or maybe she actually enjoys it too much? Gainsbourg is a luminous actress but Attal keeps pulling away from her and making us watch his obsessively fragile male ego; he is mean, boorish and selfish, ruining what could have been a light and entertaining experience. Also stars Terence Stamp as Gainsbourg’s film co-star, and Ludivine Sagnier.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2001