I have a fondness for foreign films. They have a way of treating a subject matter in such a different way at times. This movie was no different. It has an innocence and viewpoint that had it been an American film, would have been entirely different. Also the age of the actors is refreshing that they are not in their 20s. These are mature adults. This is something I like in foreign films. Here in the US, youth dominates the movies scene. You almost forget there is life after 30.
This movie is done as an interview after the fact and through flashbacks. It is about a man and a woman that meet anonymously through an ad in a magazine. The woman had placed an ad, in order to fulfill a fantasy. They meet over several months and over time a relationship develops.
Through this interview, you begin to realize that they have developed a certain regard for one another, but the oddity of their relationship and never even sharing their names puts a certain restriction on their taking the relationship farther.
However, through a shared tragedy, they realize their feelings are not so easily ignored.
The actors are perfect in this story. The one scene with the two in bed where they opt for "normal sex" is so innocent, that you forget these are two strangers who have met for sex at that time for over 6 months. It is touching and cute in a way.
As odd as the premise is, this story is about relationships and how life can complicate our illusions. Some times what can never be; holds more promise than what is.
A very unique and compelling movie.