Monday, June 11, 2012


Citi-Rustan's French Film Festival
Cinema 1, Shang Cineplex

"The Art of Love" is a romantic comedy about what else but "L-0-V-E". It is presented through a series of vignettes that focus on relationships where love reigns supreme. It is like a novel that is composed of different short stories all compiled together.

Most of the episodes are introduced with titles, some clever and literary while others seem irrelevant. The stories in the movie are about persons deflecting love, or caught in situations where love seems to complicate matters instead of complementing the relationship.

The different stories aren't uniformly equal. One narrative begins and ends with no development. While another is developed like a multiple part of a singular story. Still others have episodes interspersed throughout the film. The unifying factor is the voice-over narration in a strong voice which basically charms us with its funny and witty observations.

The ensemble cast is a group of talented French actors and actresses who all give credible performances. I'm quite familiar with a few of them from other films I've seen. In "The Art of Love" though their roles are quite light and don't really demand much heavy brow acting.

There is something to be said about the way that the French perceive love in its many forms. For instance, there is a character who offers to have her boyfriend sleep with her best friend. That way, the best friend snaps out of her one year sex abstinence. It is something I'd dare say that could only be possible in a European setting as opposed to the conservative nature of Asians. But it's deliciously French, on one level. And it made this rom-com quite a delight to watch!

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