Hello movie fans!
These days, it’s cold, the weather is cloudy, I have an unlimited movie card and there are several good movies playing so I spend a lot of time at the cinema! In general, I’m not a big fan of French films but sometimes we have some very good surprises… Here is my review of L’étudiante et Monsieur Henri that I found pretty neat, enjoy!
L’étudiante et Monsieur Henri is the adaptation of a play by Ivan Calbérac. This is a French comedy directed by Ivan Calbérac himself with Claude Brasseur, Noémie Schmidt, Guillaume de Tonquédec and Frédérique Bel. The film was released in France on October 7, 2015.
What’s the story? Because of his faltering health, Mr Henri can no longer live alone in his Parisian apartment. Particularly grumpy, he nevertheless ends up accepting the proposal of his son Paul to rent a room to a young student. Far from falling under the spell, Henri will use her to create a real family chaos…
L’étudiante et Monsieur Henri is an intergenerational comedy that cuts accross the themes of the difficulty of housing, especially for young people, conflictual family relationships, the fear of making a mess of your life at any age, middle age crisis, the temptation of adultery and the courage of following your dreams.
Claude Brasseur is excellent in his role of a cranky and cynical old man with a sarcastic and spicy humor. We love his mischievous and conspirator side, as far as his rare tenderness outbursts!
Noémie Schmidt plays Constance in her first feature film. She is very convincing as a young provincial student who is cursed by her panic fear of examinations. This does not prevent her from being successively full of life, playful, sensual, generous and courageous. Her main flaw in the story is her lack of confidence, to the extent that when she fails her retake exam at the university, she lies to her parents because she feels ashamed of herself. Her budding friendship with Mr Henri is very touching. Her old flatmate will push her to develop her musical skills while she thinks she is condemned to work with her father…
Guillaume de Tonquédec plays very well his character of a kind man in his forties who feels shy and frustrated. Paul would like to get along with his father and he is disappointed that Henri despices him and never accepted his marriage with Valérie. His meeting with Constance will disinhibit him and awaken the teenager slumbering in him…
Frédérique Bel is Valérie, the perfect bigoted and goofy wife of Paul. She wears a fringe like a good little girl, impeccable blond brushing and glasses worthy of a commercial for Alain Afflelou! Her silly thoughts, her false air of maternal complacency and her cheesy attitude deserve a medal. Her reaction when the student throws up unintentionally into her crumble container is hilarious!
L’étudiante et Monsieur Henri is a movie full of charm, emotions and incredible situations. I highly recommend you to see this very well-crafted comedy of manners, you won’t get disappointed, I promise!
Have a nice weekend, see you soon 🙂