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Rated PG-13 · 110 minutes · 2011

Romantic comedy
Petite and saucer-eyed, Audrey Tautou is the closest thing in today's cinema to Audrey Hepburn, and she embraces their similarity in this passable French rom-com (2011), modeling an endless succession of cute outfits. Early scenes show her character blissfully married to a scruffy Adonis (Pio Marmai), whose death in a car accident leaves her stonily bereaved; an unlikely emotional savior arrives in the form of a balding, toothy, potbellied Swede (Francois Damiens) who works in her office. Their princess-frog courtship has some funny moments, but the trauma and ongoing adjustment of someone losing a spouse is downplayed too much for the story to be entirely convincing, and other plot concerns accumulate in the second half to create a bit of a muddle. David Foenkinos wrote the screenplay and codirected with his brother, Stephane. In French with subtitles.
Director: David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos
Producer: Xavier Rigault and Marc-Antoine Robert
Cast: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier, Joséphine de Meaux, Pio Marmaï, Monique Chaumette, Marc Citti and Alexandre Pavloff

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