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Je ne suis pas la pour etre aime

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Jean-Claude is 51 and weary. Since his divorce he has been leading a lonely, cheerless life. His job does not help him. Indeed, as a "huissier de justice" his everyday task consists in bringing despair into the homes of those who can't pay their rent, announcing eviction and/or property seizure. His depressing Sunday afternoons are invariably spent in the retirement home of his old father, a sour, never-satisfied pain in the neck. A glimmer of hope could come from the dance studio across his office. This is a place specializing in tango lessons. One day, Jean-Claude decides to enroll. There, he meets charming young Françoise and both click. The trouble is that Françoise is about to marry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Francophone Movie I've Seen in 2006 Aug. 21 2006
By Mark Hammond - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this movie in Montreal with friends in July, 2006. It had an appeal on both a dramatic and psychological level, as well as an appeal to me as a tanguero. There were different plots going on at the same time: (1) We had Jean-Claude, the divorced middle-aged man who evicts delinquent tenants who was searching for something to give meaning to his life; (2) We had Jean-Claude's son who was beginning in his father's business and hated it; (3) We had the tension between Jean-Claude and his own father, a resident of a home for the elderly; (4) We had the relationship between a young woman, Francoise, and her fiance; and (5) We have the idea of unrequited love between Francoise and Jean-Claude.

I had noted that there are some "heavy" psychological themes with which most of us will identify. You might possibly say that certain of the characters are represent archetypes we see daily.

I was impressed with the tango dancing in the movie -- no, it was not the flashy dancing like you would see in "Tango Lesson" or "Assassination Tango" -- quite the contrary. It was the kind of dancing you would see in a milonga. It was interesting to notice the difference in the closeness of the embrace between Jean-Claude and Francoise as the movie progressed and as their interest in each other progressed.

A friend commented to me that the music used in the tango class scenes was that of Carlos di Sarli's "Bahia Blanca." According to his recounting of history, this piece of music was written by Di Sarli as a result of the unrequited love he felt with a much younger woman.

I liked the movie so much that I was considering purchasing the Zone 2 [European] version from France with the hopes of fixing my DVD player so it would play DVDs from Zone 2. I was delighted that I am able to purchase the DVD in a format that I can play with my existing equipment without having to "hack" the DVD settings. I am pleased to have my name on the list to purchase this DVD as soon as it is available. One more thing, I intend to recommend this film to all of my tanguero friends AND to people in my French class, including my French professor.
4.0 out of 5 stars A subtle and touching romance Jan. 4 2014
By NoteBleue - Published on Amazon.com
Here's the director who seems to be untouched by recent fads - this film might as well have been made 30 years ago. Though it's typically French, it's hard to find clear analogies - maybe late Claude Sautet comes to mind. It's a romantic story told half-voice, with pauses and omissions. Music (Argentine tangos) plays an important part in the film. Brizé's style is often called minimalistic but it's not a very apt description. It's rather deliberately subdued, unadorned and devoid of ostentatious effects, as if it wishes to remain unnoticed. Brizé lets his story to unfold slowly, relying mostly on mise-en-scene and the chemistry between the two leads whose awkward silence is often more eloquent than words.
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