Romain Duris


We get it – you have options at the movie theater. A quick glance over at BoxOfficeMojo reveals that there are about fifty movies in theaters right now, and while they’re perhaps not all conveniently showing near you, fifty is a big enough number to ensure that most moviegoers have plenty to pick from. With the release of a string of new films today, from Battle of the Year to Prisoners to Rush (in limited release) to Sundance hit C.O.G., all the way down to Wednesday’s release of the very charming Enough Said, it’s obvious that audiences aren’t strapped for choices when they head out to the multiplex. Which is why it might see strange that this space will now be used to encourage you to go see a limited release, fifties-set French film about speed typing competitions that is so strapped for recognizable stars (at least in the U.S.) that it’s been forced to tout the supporting work of The Artist’s Berenice Bejo, simply to encourage people that it features people they recognize (even just a little bit). But Regis Roinsard’s Populaire is so thoroughly charming, so delightfully sweet, and so often very funny that it deserves any attention it can get. Not sold yet? What if we told you that, despite all its silly-sounding trappings, it’s really just a tried-and-true romantic comedy at its heart. You miss rom-coms, don’t you?


Mood Indigo

Though most of the people who read this site probably don’t speak French, you’re likely all going to want to watch the French trailer for Michel Gondry’s new film L’écume des jours (or Mood Indigo when we get a trailer in English) anyway. There really isn’t much talking here, and Gondry’s work is so visual that you’ll get the gist of what’s going on anyway. And Audrey Tautou… well, she does adorable in any language.


The Green Hornet was a brief interlude into the mainstream (or as far into it as he could go) for Michel Gondry. The director seems far more at home when working with the fantastical, the sweetly bizarre, and the effects that are done in-camera. Fortunately, he’s got his passport stamped and he’s ready to return to that world. According to Variety, Gondry will be adapting the Boris Vian novel “L’ecume des Jours” for the screen. According to Google Beatbox, that translates to The Foam of Days, but they’ve added another “the” in for good measure. The plot focuses on a man who invents an instrument that plays both for the ears and nose who falls in love with a woman, but after the two are married, they discover a rare medical ailment which demands that she always be surrounded by flowers. As if that weren’t Gondryesque enough, it also tells the story of another couple and their quirky issues. Plus, he’s got a hell of a cast lined up.


Ah, the romantic comedy. Is there any genre more undone by the generic machinations of heartless hacks and unfunny “stars” in lead roles? The ingredients should be simple… two people fall for each other and face obstacles on the way to hopefully being together. Whether they get there or not is irrelevant. Make the romance heartfelt and believable and the laughs genuine and frequent and you’ll have a solid romantic comedy. Notting Hill, When Harry Met Sally, My Best Friend’s Wedding… when it works they’re more than just great examples of the genre. They’re great movies period. Heartbreaker works.

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