One of my favorite films of the year was Arnacoeur (I like almost any film with Roman Duris in it). Are the French finally getting better at romantic comedies?
The latest success is La Chance de Ma Vie, a light-hearted film starring Virginie Efira as Joanna, a sweet graphic designer, and François-Xavier Demaison as Julien, a couples therapist who happens to be a “porte poisse” who brings bad luck to every woman he’s ever dated since childhood. When he meets Joanna, he falls for her instantly, but tried to stay away. And when she eventually chases him down, he tries everything he can to keep her safe from harm…unfortunately you can’t escape fate!The supporting cast are the best part of this film (and the French observations that the “untraditional methods” Julien uses in his couples therapy “must be American”).
La Chance de Ma Vie (2011)
Directed by Nicolas Cuche
Virginie Efira as Joanna
François-Xavier Demaison as Julien
Armelle Deutsch as Sophie (Joanna’s co-worker/friend)
Raphaël Personnaz as Martin (heir to the Dupont Company)
Thomas Ngijol as Thomas (nurse and Julien’s friend; the link takes you to a TV show where he debates Sarkozy with humor)
Elie Semoun as Philippe (Joanna’s boss; link takes you to his Fanta ad)