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You May Laugh But I’m Leaving

A watchable but only fitfully amusing throw-away comedy about a struggling Paris actress in her early 30s, "You May Laugh But I'm Leaving" is mostly local fluff. Centered on thesp Judith Godreche, competent but unremarkable pic from prolific director Philippe Harel portrays petty behavior, romantic disappointment, career disillusionment and erupting assertions of self with disposable strokes.

A watchable but only fitfully amusing throw-away comedy about a struggling Paris actress in her early 30s, “You May Laugh But I’m Leaving” is mostly local fluff. Centered on thesp Judith Godreche, competent but unremarkable pic from prolific director Philippe Harel portrays petty behavior, romantic disappointment, career disillusionment and erupting assertions of self with disposable strokes. Some may see the main role as a sort of Gallic Bridget Jones, but there’s nothing about the possibly talented, frequently rude character for auds to root for in her quest for a worthwhile boyfriend and showbiz break.

Elise Veronne (Godreche) has two best friends — sweet fellow actress Lou (Coralie Revel) and mercenary ad exec Delphine (Ariane Seguillon) — with whom she commiserates. After cruelly bouncing her live-in b.f., Elise takes up with a bad boy photographer (Sagamore Stevenin) and semi-courts a famous older writer (Wladimir Yordanoff) while straining to pay her rent. Pic’s certified bright spot is Elise’s sample reel of appearances in commercials, bit parts in cheesy TV dramas and her role in a dopey, long-cancelled sitcom. Level of craft is fine, but there’s barely a memorable frame on display.

You May Laugh But I’m Leaving

France

  • Production: A Rezo Films release of a Loma Nasha, TF1 Film Prod. production, with participation of Canal Plus. Produced by Marie-Castille Mention Schaar, Pierre Kubel. Directed by Philippe Harel. Screenplay, Eric Assous, Harel, based on a novel by Isabelle Alexis.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Mathieu Poirot-Delpech; editor, Julie Clemencin; music, Alexandre Desplat; art director, Emmanuelle Duplay; costume designer, Anne Schotte. Reviewed at UGC Les Halles, Paris, Jan. 8, 2005. Original title: <I>Tu vas rire mais je te quitte.</I> Running time: 97 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Judith Godreche, Sagamore Stevenin, Ariane Seguillon, Coralie Revel, Wladimir Yordanoff, Patrick Chesnais, Guillaume Gallienne.
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