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Sooner or Later

Clumsy execution and a forced tone overwhelm the snippets of invention in "Sooner or Later." Star-crossed lovers take the whole movie to enter the same constellation. Overblown subplot about making it as a musician strains credibility, but the sincere venture has enough gentle gags and adequate insights into modern behavior to earn bountiful TV play.

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With: Philippe Torreton, Amira Casar, Laura Del Sol, Anny Duperey, Jacques Webe, Pascal Legitumus.

Clumsy execution and a forced tone overwhelm the snippets of invention in “Sooner or Later.” Star-crossed lovers take the whole movie to enter the same constellation. Overblown subplot about making it as a musician strains credibility, but the sincere venture has enough gentle gags and adequate insights into modern behavior to earn bountiful TV play.

An unborn child’s voiceover introduces the viewer to Eric (Philippe Torreton) and Catherine (Amira Casar), his parents-to-be, who don’t actually meet until five minutes before the end titles. Just married to a Czech woman in Prague, Eric works in construction, although his first love is the cello; Catherine, meanwhile, is in Paris, making a lousy impression at vocal auditions, although her goal is to perform her own songs. En route, the two first make a lot of bad choices, and the audience has to listen to a lot of indifferent pop music sung by Catherine and her best friend, Consuelo (Laura Del Sol). Leaden pacing nearly cancels out pic’s scattered charms.

Sooner or Later

France

Production: An Ocean Films release of a Blue Dahlia Prod./Studiocanal/France 2 Cinema production. Produced by Gerard Jourd'hui. Executive producer, Gaelle Girre. Directed, written by Anne-Marie Etienne.

Crew: Camera (color), Alain Choquart; editor, Isabelle Dedieu; music, Roddy Julienne; art director, Giuseppe Ponturo; costume designer, Christine Guegan; casting, Annette Trumel. Reviewed at UGC Danton, Paris, July 20, 2000. Original title: Tot ou tard. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: With: Philippe Torreton, Amira Casar, Laura Del Sol, Anny Duperey, Jacques Webe, Pascal Legitumus.

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