The basic premise of Josiane Balasko’s legiter, “The Ex-Love of My Life,” is solid, but only snails addicted to molasses could applaud the pacing of her own film adaptation. Expanding the action needlessly drags out comic tale of a writer whose impending nuptuals are thrown for a loop by the appearance of his former wife. Popularity of pic’s cast and the original play may translate into local success but this Feb. 2 release seems unlikely to travel extensively.
Wedding of pulp-fiction writer Tom Steiner (Thierry Lhermitte) to PR babe Ariane (Nadia Fares) is only two months off when his homeless ex, Nina (Karin Viard), shows up eight months pregnant. Mediating the shenanigans is chunky Dr. Marie-Pierre Sarrasin (Balasko), a shrink specialized in crisis intervention. Script’s one original element, centered on Marie-Pierre, is that she used to be a he, with Balasko making the character a distant relative of her butch lesbian, brimming with self-assurance, in “Gazon maudit.” Performances are utterly game all round, but much of the humor feels forced, including visualising whatever lurid gore scene or cliched romance Tom happens to be writing.