'The Day I Saw Your Heart'

Middling Gallic dysfunctional-family seriocomedy "The Day I Saw Your Heart" is a slick but trite diversion toplining Melanie Laurent as a Parisienne whose hapless lovelife stems from poor parenting on the part of her boorish dad (Michel Blanc).

Middling Gallic dysfunctional-family seriocomedy “The Day I Saw Your Heart” is a slick but trite diversion toplining Melanie Laurent as a Parisienne whose hapless lovelife stems from poor parenting on the part of her boorish dad (Michel Blanc). Laurent’s reunion with writer-helmer Jennifer Devoldere (following Devoldere’s 2009 debut feature, “Jusqu’a toi”) opened last year in French-speaking Euro territories; despite Film Movement’s U.S. theatrical pickup, it seems more likely to find offshore success as a breezy cable and rental time-filler.

Justine (Laurent) is an X-ray technician staying with sister Dom (Florence Loiret-Caille) and brother-in-law Bertrand (Sebastien Castro) in the wake of her own latest breakup. She’s left a trail of brokenhearted beaus, blaming her serial relationship failure on the formative influence of childish, insensitive dad Eli (Blanc). That past also casts a shadow on childless Dom’s efforts to adopt, and on the newly announced pregnancy of Eli’s young second wife (Claude Perron); meanwhile, Justine finds a possible Mr. Right (Guillaume Gouix). Mildly amusing, the pacey pic piles on further complications without accruing much depth of character or feeling. Twee English-language pop tunes add a sugary note to the pro package.

The Day I Saw Your Heart

France

Production

A Film Movement (in U.S.) release of a Vertigo Prods. production in association with TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, UGC and TF1 Films production. Produced by Aissa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa. Executive producers, Farid Chaouche, Denis Penot. Directed, written by Jennifer Devoldere.

Crew

Camera (color), Laurent Tangy; editor, Stephanie Pereira; music, Nathan Johnson; music supervisor, Valerie Lindon; production designer, Herve Gallet; costume designer, Emmanuelle Youchnavski. Reviewed at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 21, 2012. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Melanie Laurent, Michel Blanc, Florence Loiret-Caille, Claude Perron, Guillaume Gouix, Sebastien Castro, Geraldine Nakache, Manu Payet, Karina Beuthe, Jean-Yves Roan.

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