Into Film Project: 6 – He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not (À la folie… pas du tout)

Blog Error. This was supposed to have been posted on Friday, as it was already late. Next post should be up tomorrow.

Last Saturday was European Day of Languages and Into Film suggested I watch some short French films…which I could not find! So instead here is a very short spoiler-free review of He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not (À la folie… pas du tout in French) which is my favourite French film to date! I also watched the film in French with Italian subtitles, although I have previously watched it with English subtitles so I know what is going on. Two frantically busy days are to blame to the late publishing of this blog.

Starring Audrey Tautou, this film is much more than the rom-com it looks to be on the surface. Her art is fantastic and everything looks like it’s going well for her, especially with the anniversary rose we see in the opening scene. The recipient of the rose, played by Samuel Le Bihan, is celebrated Dr Loic Le Garrec, a married cardiologist. However, things are not quite as they seem, and this film has more twists than a helter-skelter. The cinematography is exceptionally clever, and you are left wanting more. This is a film that screams to be revisited, and doing so really shows how much effort went into creating the cinematic narrative.

An exploration of mental health, He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not emphasises the fact that there are two sides of every story. Four stars.

Thank you for being patient in waiting for this post, which celebrated European Day of Languages on 26th September. The next suggestion for my Into Film Project is for Black History Month, which is throughout October, and the next concrete date is 5th October when I will be watching Dead Poet’s Society for World Teachers’ Day.


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