Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: La Ritournelle
France, 2014. Avenue B Productions, Vito Films, SND Films, France 2 Cinéma, Région Ile-de-France, Région Haute-Normandie, Orange Cinéma Séries, France Télévisions, Ciné+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Indéfilms, Indéfilms 2, Soficinéma 7 Développement, Angoa, Fonds d’aide Région Haute-Normandie, Les Films de la Suane, Procirep, Pôle Image Haute-Normandie. Screenplay by Marc Fitoussi, collaboration with Sylvie Dauvillier. Cinematography by Agnes Godard. Produced by Caroline Bonmarchand. Music by Tim Gane, Sean O’Hagan. Production Design by Francois Emmanuelli. Costume Design by Marite Coutard. Film Editing by Laure Gardette.
Isabelle Huppert is delightful in this romantic comedy about love lost and found again. She and husband Jean-Pierre Darroussin own a dairy farm whose daily routine has overtaken his attention and leaves little time for focusing on the missus. She likes the rural life but misses being happily married, which might be the reason for a strange rash on her chest that she no longer bothers getting medical attention for. When a neighbour’s party brings a handsome young man (Pio Marmaï) her way and he melts her with his smile, she invents a doctor’s appointment in Paris and uses it to follow the youngster back to the city, entertaining the thought of a rejuvenating affair. The result is not what she expects, but it is thoroughly enjoyable to watch as Huppert’s deft skill with the character’s instinctive joy for the unexpected is combined with Marc Fitoussi’s delicate direction and beautiful photography. Thoroughly charming.