Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Mon Pire Couchemar
France/Belgium, 2011. Cine@, Maison de Cinema, F.B. Productions, Pathe, M6 Films, Entre Chien et Loup, Artemis Productions, Radio Television Belge Francophone, Belgacom, Canal+, Cine+, M6, Tax Shelter Film Funding, Casa Kafka Pictures, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter Empowered by dexia, CineCinema. Screenplay by Anne Fontaine, Nicolas Mercier. Cinematography by Jean-Marc Fabre. Produced by Philippe Carcassonne, Diana Elbaum, Bruno Pesery, Patrick Quinet, Jerome Seydoux. Music by Bruno Coulais. Production Design by Olivier Radot. Costume Design by Catherine Leterrier, Karen Muller Serreau. Film Editing by Luc Barnier, Nelly Ollivault. Toronto International Film Festival 2011.
Isabelle Huppert dips into her repertoire and pulls out one of her best stock characters, the uptight bourgeoise, for this fun romantic comedy by Anne Fontaine. After attending a school conference and encountering a vulgar, unemployed jack of all trades (Benoît Poelvoorde), she is horrified to discover him at her home: their sons are best friends, and her common-law husband (André Dussollier) has hired him to speed up the delayed renovations on their massive apartment. Pooelvoorde’s mouth runs a mile a minute and constantly embarrasses everyone with his inability to avoid making banal observations; she goes around barking at everyone both at home and work and can never relax. Naturally, they’re a match made in heaven. Fontaine has far from reinvented the wheel here, but her observations of human interaction are acute, her colour palette is delightful and the overall feeling of the film is accessibly pleasant. Plus there’s that unforgettable look on Huppert’s face when she finds herself at what can only be described as a booty car wash.