The few scenes in which the film comes to life feel as though they were added as an afterthought, to liven up the movie. There's the opening scene in which Vincent pretends to pick up Gabrielle at a bar, as a way of spicing up their love life. (That scene was done ten years earlier by Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman.) Later, Gabrielle has a wordless interlude with a handsome stranger (Johnny Depp) at a music store while they are listening to a CD. Is this a cameo with Johnny Depp playing himself? If not, why cast Depp? Still later, Vincent and Gabrielle have a food fight as a prelude to making love, while Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid plays on the TV, with the song South American Getaway in the background. While entertaining, it doesn't reveal anything we don't already know about these two people.
In addition to starring, Attal was the screenwriter and director. While he succeeded earlier in My Wife is an Actress he fails this time. There's no story arc, no character growth or development. Will Vincent leave his mistress and return to Gabrielle? Will Gabrielle have an affair of her own, perhaps with Johnny Depp's character? Sadly, we don't really care.
Labels: comedy, drama, music, Paris