No segue. I knew this movie existed thanks to the movie theater’s paper pamphlet, but… yeah, came out of nowhere.
Man, either trailers are getting more vague these days, or I’m just having a harder time following what the hell is going on. Curse you, aging! Anyway, it looks like it’s about a polyamorous gay couple, the third wheel being an older man, and the younger guys try and figure out if they want to commit to each other, while one of them deals with being a father to his kid.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Vincent Lacoste (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Pierre Deladonchamps (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Denis Podalydès (THE DA VINCI CODE ), and Adèle Wismes (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of).
Now for the crew. Writing and directing is Christophe Honoré, known for stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of. Composing the score is Rémy Chevrin, known for stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of. The cinematographer is Chantal Hymans, known for stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of.
Overall, I have no idea what to expect here… so I’ll just leave it at that.
This is my honest opinion of: PLAIRE, AIMER ET COURIR VITE / SORRY ANGEL
Set in 1993. Jacques Tondelli (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a thirty-five year old struggling writer with AIDS, but still makes time for finding several lovers, including his older neighbor, but more seriously, a twenty-two year old young man named Arthur (Vincent Lacoste).
Usually, I’m all for movies that are about a small slice of life. People just going about their day, navigating this rat-race we call life. But this one… man, I just couldn’t get into it.
On the surface, that’s what this movie kind of is. It’s about a gay dude just going about his life. He doesn’t have to explain being gay, he doesn’t have to justify himself to anyone, he’s just in an environment where everyone accepts him for who he is. In a lot of ways, that’s really refreshing. However, here’s my problem. In order for a “little slice of life” movie to work, you still need a character that we want to follow. For the most part, Jacques is a pretty boring guy. The only thing I can tell you about him is that he doesn’t commit to a single lover. He has multiple lovers throughout the story. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it’s just… that’s all he really does. He’s a loving father, gets on well with his baby mama, is mostly honest with the people he’s intimate with, I don’t know, all of that just seems too… dull. He’s a writer, but I don’t really know of what. Novels, actually, but this is completely useless information. Cut it out, and you miss nothing about his personality. Every detail that I can say about Jacques is the equivalent of a baseball card stat, and that’s not how a character should be described.
In retrospect, though, I have to admit that what really kills this movie for me is Arthur (Vincent Locosta). He’s this younger bisexual guy, and for all intents and purposes, Jacques’ romantic interest. What’s wrong with his character? He’s so freakin’ unlikable! He’s in a romantic relationship with this girl, but he has affairs on the side with men. Later on, he admits that he’s cheated on her, and that he frequently cheats on his lovers. But he says it in such a deadpan way like this is a common and “who cares” occurrence! Like, “everyone cheats on people,” in the same way that idiots say, “Everyone’s tried drugs at some point.” Fuck off, dude, seriously. But to make matters worse, his girlfriend, if you can even really call her that, is totally okay with it. Yeah, she snuggles up to him and accepts it all and everything! Okay, not that I know how the French do things, but something’s telling me that even though they’re likely more open about sexuality than America is (which isn’t too hard to imagine), I would think that cheating is still a huge no-no in the world of romance! Even if I’m wrong and the French are totally okay with that, then this is just one aspect of the film that I will never truly agree with. Still, douche bag. Then toward the end of the movie, he goes on this long-ass tangent about… I don’t even remember what because I tuned him the fuck out. I just remember that he judged people who had problems with having sex in a public restroom. Jesus, fuck you too, dude! Let me tell you, I had to listen to a close friend of mine go into a tangent about how he thinks straight-arrows who don’t try drugs are cowards. I really don’t want to be his friend anymore. No person on God’s green Earth has any right to judge other people for how they live their lives. Especially someone who has no problem with cheating. Fuck you, I hope you’re lonely for the rest of your life, Arthur! He acts like a teenager who thinks he achieved nirvana. Frankly, I would achieve nirvana if I got one good swing at his head with a baseball bat. There’s nothing about this character that I found redeeming, and therefore, didn’t enjoy seeing him with Jacques. So when one character is bland and the other is a pretentious ass-hat, what’s left?
After that, I barely want to go into the other problems I had with the movie. There’s literally a scene that dedicates five to ten minutes worth of describing all the different types of blonds that exist. Fucking Christ, movie, I was taking notes and I still don’t think I’m going to pass any test that you’re probably going to give me!
Overall, I couldn’t get into this movie. If there’s some deep poetry that I’m missing, please let me know because I’m not hearing it. If the movie’s not boring, it’s frustrating because that’s exactly what drags this movie down. Boring, or frustrating main characters. As a recommendation, I think this is a hard pass. Representation is important, and all I got from this is that gays have no personality (biggest lie ever told) and bisexuals are cheating assholes. I know that’s not what this movie was going for, but the more I dwell on what I don’t understand, the more red I see. I don’t know, if anyone else got more out of this than I did, more power to you. But I’ve seen better. I won’t call it a bad movie, but I can’t say that I like it.
My honest rating for PLAIRE, AIMER ET COURIR VITE / SORRY ANGEL: a weak 3/5
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- CAPTIVE STATE
- FIVE FEET APART
- WONDER PARK
- THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT
- NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE
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