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L'Art d'Aimer (The Art of Love)


French com-roms (comédies romantiques) have two basic differences from their American counterparts.

First, they're in French. That means they have hotter stars. American stars are also hot, don't get me wrong. But of course, we are so used to American beauty that we forget there is a more exotic land called mainland Europe.

Here's Julie Depardieu, daughter of Gerard.

Daughter of Gerard. For real.

Here's Vanessa, played by Élodie Navarre.

OMG, are those her nipples?

For the girls, here's William, played by the ridiculously good-looking Gaspard Ulliel.

Ah, screw it.

And here's Achille's hot female neighbor, played by Frédérique Bel.

"Mon dieu! I am hot!"

And here's Achille, played by François Cluzet, who looks like a French Dustin Hoffman.

"But─I am taller zan zees Dusteen 'Offman!"

Second difference: When the French say "romance", they mean "sex".

You can think of this movie as a romantic comedy with a lot of sex. Not explicit sex, though. They just like talking about it a lot.

The movie actually has several seemingly-unrelated subplots, which turn out to be connected one way or another. Wait, that sounds like the plot for Love Actually, right? But since this film delves more into sex than love, you can say that this film is Sex Actually.

Even the poster looks similar.

By the way, the director, Emmanuel Mouret, played Vannesa's sleazebag co-worker who almost had sex with her. Lucky bastard, or sleazy douchebag? You decide.

L'Art d'Aimer. France. 2011.

Le Rating: Six and a half out of ten.


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