Up-and-coming thesp Cecile de France ("Euro Pudding," etc.) delivers a noteworthy performance as "Irene," a cute and semi-klutzy 30-year-old who hasn't been involved with a guy for four long years.

Up-and-coming thesp Cecile de France (“Euro Pudding,” etc.) delivers a noteworthy performance as “Irene,” a cute and semi-klutzy 30-year-old who hasn’t been involved with a guy for four long years. Tale of an involuntarily celibate paralegal who gravitates toward unavailable men while missing a chance for happiness right under her pert nose takes a lightweight and enjoyable approach to a topic that’s a staple of U.S. TV, but rarer on Gaul’s bigscreens. An entertaining filler for fests, this is a nifty cable and Euro-tube item.

While throwing herself at Luca (Olivier Sitruk), a co-worker whose posting to Tokyo necessitates some amusing phone and webcam sex, the uptight, snippy Irene (de France) hires ultra-mellow, easygoing Francois (Bruno Putzulu) to repaint her new Paris apartment. Irene’s closest gal-pals are militantly single Salome (Agathe de la Boulaye) and Sophie (Estelle Larrivaz), who gets non-stop nookie from a b.f. who finds conversation superfluous. Francois is obviously a find, but emotionally bruised Irene is convincingly slow on the uptake. Pic finds a few fresh ways to address the crossed signals young urban professionals sometimes send, particularly in Internet-based communications.

Irene

France

Production

An SND release of a TNVO presentation of a TNVO/M6 Films production, with participation of TPS, CNC. Produced by Thierry de Navacelle. Directed by Ivan Calberac. Screenplay, Calberac, Benoit Labourdette, Eric Assous.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Vincent Mathias; editor, Diane Logan; music, Laurent Aknin, Julien Schultheis, Silmarils, Paul Weller, Muse; art director, Sylvie Olive; costume designer, Laurence Struz. Reviewed at UGC Les Halles, Paris, July 13, 2002. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Cecile de France, Bruno Putzulu, Olivier Sitruk, Estelle Larrivaz, Evelyne Buyle, Agathe de la Boulaye, Patrick Chesnais.
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