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Ferrier) and her
ment this time is to
stop the wedding
of Juliette (Paradis)
(Andrew Lincoln) --
but they only have
10 days to do it.
And there is one
other big hurdle
-- the couple is deeply in love and, apart
from a concerned father of the bride,
there seems no good reason to break
them up. In particular, Juliette does not
appear to be unhappy with her choice.
Generally in these circumstances, Alex and
his team would not accept the assignment,
but they need the money to pay off
Alex's debts and to get the team back in
So they set about it. Juliette decamps
from Paris a week before the wedding for
Monte Carlo and Alex follows her there.
The planning is intricate, the execution
often faultless, but occasionally things go
awry -- especially when Sophie (one of
Juliette's long lost friends) turns up to see
her get married.
Apart from the "Wham!" song and the
Dirty Dancing sequence, there is lots more
that is belly laughingly funny. Duris can
morph from sophistication to downright
silliness in a blink, and Ferrier and Damiens
as his married sister and her husband
provide a lot of the slapstick humour,
which keeps things chugging along.
After a heavy meal of turkey and
pudding, this is just the sort of frothy
entertainment you need to lighten the
mood and set you up for the New Year.
FOR SOME CHRISTMAS fun it's hard to
go past Heartbreaker. Only the French
could make Wham!'s "Wake Me up Before
you go go" and the dance sequence from
Dirty Dancing seem just that little bit hip
and cool. It helps when Romain Duris and
Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp's partner
for the last 15 years) are the two people
bopping along to these unlikely tunes.
Heartbreaker is one of those farcical
comedies that the French do so well, and
any fool can see the Yanks giving it a go in a
couple of years and making it as lame as the
recent Dinner for Schmucks. The biggest
challenge for a US remake would be finding
a leading man as eminently cool as Duris,
with the ability to replicate the scene in
Dirty Dancing and still retain that style.
Alex's (Duris) job, if you can call it that,
is to break up relationships and it is rich
parents, siblings or concerned friends who
hire him. He only breaks up relationships
where the women are unhappy -- they just
haven't realised it yet. Alex "opens their
eyes" to the shortcomings of their partner
and sets them free. He is helped in this
endeavour by his sister Melanie (Julie
SARAH'S KEY ★★★★
IN 1995, PRESIDENT Jacques Chirac
apologised to the Jewish people for the
complicity of the French authorities with
what was to become known as "The Vel'
d'Hiv' Roundup" in 1942. The name is
taken from the Velodrome d'Hiver, a cycling
track that was located in the centre of Paris.
Over 13,000 French Jews were held there
for three days in the middle of summer
with nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat and
without toilet or washing facilities, before
being transported to Auschwitz.
Sarah's Key has, as its centre point,
this atrocity, but it also explores the way in
which secrets, both national and personal,
can distort our view of the world.
Julia Armond (Kristen Scott Thomas)
is an American journalist married to a
Parisien, Bertrand Tezac (Frederic Pierrot).
She is writing an article about Vel' d'Hiv' for
a magazine. At the same time, her family is
renovating their apartment that has been
in her husband's family for decades.
The film shifts between the present day
and the story of Sarah (Mélusine Mayance),
a young Jewish girl removed by the French
police and held at the velodrome with her
parents. Before being
taken away, though,
Sarah has panicked
and in an effort to
protect her younger
brother, she locks him
in a secret cupboard
in the wall with the
keep very quiet.
The family's panic,
not only because
they have no idea
what will happen to them, is heightened
by the fact they know their young son
is probably dying. But Sarah clings onto
the hope that she will be able to get back
there and save him. She has, after all, still
got the key.
Once she is separated from her
parents, Sarah's sole goal is to return to
Paris and save her brother and she will
risk anything to do it.
Just as Sarah shows a gutsy
determination in wartime in pursuit of
her goal, so does Julia. The more she
investigates Vel' d'Hiv', the closer to home
the investigations bring her and rather
than shy away from what she might find,
Sarah's Key works as both a mystery
thriller and a contemporary drama, with
echoes of Sophie's Choice resonating
with those old enough to remember that
award winning film. Scott Thomas and
the young Mayance as Sarah admirably fill
the two central roles and the sure hand of
Serge Joncour as director ensures the film
doesn't fall into any sort of melodramatic
You may never have heard of this event
from WWII, but you will find it hard to
forget once you have seen Sarah's Key.
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