5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological thriller at its best.
Having seen Audrey Tautou in Amelie, the movie as a whole is unpredictable and sustains your interest. Because of the image I had of Audrey's role as Amelie in my mind, it allowed me view the main character as such, and the twist in the movie makes it more spooky. It's quiet and delicate ones that you have watch out for.
Published 16 months ago by Sella Dore
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks a lot like the old "Fatal Attraction""
A woman who make believe in a life and a love that does not exist, pesters a doctor, try to destroy his life, his wife,his career, his unborn child, a totally psychotic woman. Just help me open my eyes to the number of crazy peoples that may be around the corner and usually they look nice and normal, but you never know what go in their heads...
Published on Feb 14 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological thriller at its best.,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)Having seen Audrey Tautou in Amelie, the movie as a whole is unpredictable and sustains your interest. Because of the image I had of Audrey's role as Amelie in my mind, it allowed me view the main character as such, and the twist in the movie makes it more spooky. It's quiet and delicate ones that you have watch out for.
4.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the coin...,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)Have you ever realised that a story can be totally different, depending on whom is telling it?. This movie illustrates that point quite well.
"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" begins with a young woman, Angelique (Audrey Tautou), picking out the "perfect rose" as a gift for her lover. He is Loic (Samuel Le Bihan), a cardiologist who happens to be married. Loic promised Angelique that he was going to leave his pregnant wife, in order to be with her. Despite that, he doesn't do so, behaving like a total cad regarding both his wife and Angelique. We get to know all that as we watch what happens, from Angelique's perspective.
But is that true?. Or it depends on the point of view of the person who is telling the story?. The spectator will have the opportunity of finding out, because midway through the movie the director (Laetitia Colombani) changes tracks, "rewinds" the story and begins to tell it from Loic's point of view. We learn, once again, that things are not always what they seem to be.
All in all, I really liked this movie. It certainly wasn't what I expected, but some surprises are good, and this is one of them. After all, there are a lot of good romantic comedies, but not so many movies that start like light romances and end up as more or less dark suspense thrillers. What is more, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" has such a rapid and absolute reversal of roles that you won't have neither the time nor the inclination to get bored. Who is good, and who is bad?. Who is more or less normal and who is downright crazy?. Watch this movie and find out :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great head fake and wonderful surprise of a film,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)"He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not" is a wonderful piece of misdirection by director Laetitia Colombani. It starts all saccharine sweet with flowers, perky songs of Spring and love, and a smitten Audrey Tautou.
It's all a great head fake. As the film turns slowly, inexhorably darker and more malevolent, you're faced with the reality that your sweet little Amelie maybe isn't what she appears to be in this outing. It's a great against-the-tide career choice by Tautou and the masterstroke of the trap Ms. Colombani's sets for her audience.
Where Colombani's film elevates itself vs. others of this genre is in its unique, impressively designed story construction. Others on these pages have alluded to the technique. I'm not going to repeat it here. It came as a surprise to me during my viewing, and it was like a special treat - my mouth dropped open suddenly as Colombani delivered her unexpected wallop. Everyone deserves that pleasure. I suggest you try to avoid extensive reading about this one before you take it in. Your lack of preparation will be well-rewarded.
5.0 out of 5 stars two sides to every romance, whether it happens or not,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)Audrey Tatou plays Angelique, an art student in France who sends a rose to Loic, a doctor, to celebrate their first meeting. Loic is married, but he plans to leave his wife, insists Angelique.
The extent of Loic's involvement with Angelique is greatly exaggerated, as viewers will find. The movie shows fist Angelique's side of the story, and then Loic's. For those Tatou fans used to her playing adorable elfin creatures, they will not be disappointed, but this one has a severe twist to it.
It is well-played, and it's good to see Tatou in a different type of role, it shows her range more fully and that she is very capable as an actress of tackling different types. Bravo! Magnifique!
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a got to have movie!!,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)You will have to see it. i agree with most of the reviews so wont rewrite it myself. but it is an amazing movie. Its actually better if you dont know too much about it before watching so you can be surpized by what happens. The actors were great and it really made you feel for them. The story line fills in blanks as it goes so during the movie your wondering and at the end you understand, which makes a great movie in my opinion. GET IT!
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and very clever (4 1/2 stars),
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)I love a good foreign film and this is one that does not disappoint. When the tale begins, it is so colorful and candy coated... Little red hearts and roses dance all over the screen in the films opening credits. I thought with a smile, that I was in for a bit of fluffy romance. The lead female character Angelique was adorable and I just loved her on sight. Audrey Tautou played her perfectly and when things started to not go her way in the love affiar, I thought that she was a bit naive, but I genuinely felt bad for her....however, halfway into the movie, the entire story folds in on itself and rewinds to the opening scene only to follow her lover the cardiologist instead of Angelique,whom we stayed with the entire first half of the movie.
What an eye opener.
Suddenly, everything that you have belived is not so clear anymore and I found my self feeling more and more revolted as things came to light.
I dont want to give too much away, because it would surely spoil it for those who have yet to see it. All in all, this was a very clever and entertaining story that I would definitely recommend watching. I would watch it again myself in a heartbeat.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Foreign Film With A Twist,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)This little gem of a movie is unexpectedly wonderful. It seems like a beautiful French love story at first and twists into something quite different.....But I won't give it all away.
Audrey Tautou is perfect as the young student who falls in love with an attractive Doctor. Her innocence sucks you in and she is absolutely believable as a youthful exuberant woman in love. But beauty is what it is and sometimes it is what it isn't, be prepared to be taken on a surprising ride. Sometimes love takes on new meaning, especially for the young and easily influenced.
This film is artfully directed with beautiful colors surrounding the scenes. It is all things French.....and highly recommended!
4.0 out of 5 stars Aptly Named, Charmingly Deceptive...,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)My wife picked this one up at the library, in no small part due to our love of Tautou's Amelie performance. However, a few minutes in, I feared that I had been transported into some sort of purgatorial French version of a Meg Ryan romance film. Imagine my surprise and delight when the movie takes a very unexpected twist, delighting me to its thrilling end! A great movie that is very clever in its pacing, directing, and acting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)I knew very little about this film before I watched it, and really loved it from the outset. It is a smart and interesting thriller with a great script that keeps you interested until the very end. Tatou proved herself, once again, as a very capable actress with real talent. She was very captivating as an artist with a deep obsession for her neighbor. The doctor next door, played by Le Bihan, was also a strong lead. His performance was convincing and charged.
A great film that should not be missed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising,
This review is from: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] (DVD)In the beginning of this movie, my impression was that this was Amelie part 2. What I like about it is that Adrey Tauto (sp?) is so cute, even the viewer's think she can do no harm. Without ruining the movie for you, I'll tell you that she gets into some interesting things. Things you wouldn't expect. It definitely defied my expectations at every move. I have seen few french movies I like. This one is a testament to their capabilities. Instead of focusing on decorations and whatnot, this movie sticks to a strong and compelling story. I highly reccomend it.
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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [Import] by Laetitia Colombani (DVD - 2003)
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