Thursday, June 9, 2016

Toute Premiere Fois
(I Kissed a Girl)

French Film Festival 2016
Greenbelt 3 Cinema


34 year old Jeremie wakes up in bed with a Swedish woman after a drunken one night stand. Only problem is ... Jeremie is gay and has a partner named Antoine, a mild mannered doctor. They have been together for 10 years and are engaged to be married. Yet Jeremie finds himself getting obsessed with Adna and even hires her in his polling company which he co-owns with his childhood friend, Charles.

It is quite rare that a same sex relationship is fully explored in a film. Same sex marriage has been legal in France for almost 2 years now so this romantic comedy doesn't aim to shock nor exploit this type of relationship. 

I'm amazed though that Jeremie begins to doubt his sexuality after he meets Adna. He manages to hide his 'true' identity from her through a web of lies and deceit. Although it is presented through comedic scenarios and is pretty light weight, the fact remains that yes, indeed ... it is possible to simply 'switch' back to one's original sexuality ... just like that.

Relying heavily on the ridiculous and silly antics of the lead actor and his very heterosexual best friend to draw in a few laughs, this film is pretty absurd and not to be taken seriously. Specifically since it seems to be based on the Katy Perry song "I Kissed a Girl" which is the English title of the film even though the literal translation is "First Time Ever".

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