We would like to welcome you aboard today’s Discover Tuesdays film and ask that you take a few moments to read the following review, as the features on this romantic comedy may differ from those you have previously watched.
Julie is returning home to her fiancé, and Antoine has a final job interview to get to. But when they sit down next to each other in business class on a flight from New York to Paris, it is quickly apparent that both of them have brought more than just carry-ons in terms of baggage. They are former lovers, and the contents of their tightly packed hearts might shift during the six-hour flight as old feelings are rekindled, accusations made, secrets revealed and passions ignited. The course of true love never did run smoothly, and Julie and Antoine are advised to keep their seatbelts fastened as there may be turbulence ahead.
Airing their dirty laundry in public, they attract the attention of other passengers and flight crew. Soon the film glides into flashback as the two exes tell the story of how they met and ultimately parted.
Both characters have their flaws, and each is given equal opportunity to tell their side of the story –leaving the audience torn between who is right and who is wrong in the relationship.
Antoine is a womaniser, a player, a bounder and a cad. He has had a string of women but no relationships, until he meets Julie and is attracted to her precisely because she doesn’t give in to his clichéd advances (including a cheesy trip up the Eiffel Tower). Perhaps he has found the woman to tame him.
Julie is shy and retiring, prone to playing it safe in work and love. She enjoys the danger and excitement of Antoine, but this opens up a jealous and obsessive side of her personality.
The chemistry between Ludivine Sagnier (SWIMMING POOL, MESRINE) and Nicolas Bedos (POPULAIRE) is first class. The script (co-written by Bedos) gives them a screwball comedy wit that has plenty of bite and more sparkle than the complimentary bubbly, while director Alexandre Castagnetti is steady in the pilot’s seat, ensuring a fast, smooth ride throughout the film.
Arguably, no one does romance better than the French, and should the mood for love overcome you and make you feel giddy and light-headed, oxygen masks are located above you. Remember to attach your own before helping others.
Please ensure all electronic devices have been switched off, though your chair does not need to be in the upright position while you relax and enjoy the next 96 minutes. We hope to see you on board Discover Tuesdays again soon.