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The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011)

Et soudain tout le monde me manque (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 20 April 2011 (France)
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In this delightful comedy Justine (Inglourious Basterds' Mélanie Laurent) flits from one boyfriend to the next while her immature father secretly befriends them all.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mélanie Laurent ... Justine Dhrey
Michel Blanc ... Eli Dhrey
Florence Loiret Caille ... Dom Dhrey
Claude Perron ... Suzanne Dhrey
Guillaume Gouix ... Sami
Sébastien Castro Sébastien Castro ... Bertrand
Géraldine Nakache ... Cécilia
Manu Payet ... Atom
Karina Beuthe Orr ... Kirsten (as Karina Beuthe)
Jean-Yves Roan Jean-Yves Roan ... Docteur Katz
Romain Lévy Romain Lévy ... Alex
Alexandre Steiger Alexandre Steiger ... Mathias
Habibur Rahman Habibur Rahman ... Mahboob
Assane Seck Assane Seck ... Malik
Achille Ndari Achille Ndari ... Jeff
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In this delightful comedy Justine (Inglourious Basterds' Mélanie Laurent) flits from one boyfriend to the next while her immature father secretly befriends them all.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 April 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day I Saw Your Heart See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,810, 26 August 2012

Gross USA:

$3,546

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,995,712
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Not my kind of romantic comedy
31 July 2013 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The French film "Et soudain tout le monde me manque" (2011) was shown in the United States as "The Day I Saw Your Heart." It was co-written and directed by Jennifer Devoldère.

This is a movie that is billed as a dramatic comedy, but it just didn't work for me at either level. Mélanie Laurent stars as Justine, the most beautiful and least responsible Xray technician in France. We are supposed to find it adorable when she takes multiple x-rays of a man to whom she's attracted, and then uses the images to produce x-ray art. (There actually is an art form that uses X-rays, but presumably not at the risk of radiation exposure to patients.)

"She just broke up with her boyfriend, so she's sleeping on her sister's couch." Maybe the plot needed Justine to have no place to live, but the explanation is not funny or dramatic.

Meanwhile, we are supposed to accept the plot device that Justine's father truly loves his children, but never took the time or made the effort to tell them so. Now he hangs out with all of Justine's former boyfriends. He makes a suggestion to his pregnant wife that is truly awful, and that ends up with him sleeping on the couch. (It's a couch-sleeping kind of family.)

It's true that the family is Jewish, but I didn't feel that their Jewishness had any bearing on the plot. That's why I was surprised to find the film as part of a Jewish Film Festival. The festival booklet says the movie "charmed our entire screening committee." I guess it just didn't charm me.

We saw the film at the Little Theatre in Rochester, as part of the fine Rochester Jewish Film Festival. (OK--we didn't like this one, but most of the movies were great.) It will work well on DVD, if you choose to see it. However, I would suggest that you'd do better with another, much better, French dramatic comedy, Paris-Manhattan (2012), also shown at the RJFF.


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