The flipside of Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” in every sense, Gallic comedy “A Burning Desire” recounts the frequently unfunny shenanigans of a loving couple having problems getting pregnant. Writer-helmer Bernard Jeanjean (“Tell Me I’m Pretty”) and co-scribe Martine Fontaine have their protags race through various fertility techniques, but the broad comedic vibe — mostly defined by intercourse-related humor — never meshes with the film’s sadder, more serious undercurrent. Released as counterprogramming during the Cannes fest, pic failed to conceive grandiose results locally.
Paris-based Yann (Clovis Cornillac) and Rose (Olivia Bonamy), in their late 30s to early 40s, want to be unmarried with children. Accomplishing the former is easy, but the latter is giving them a, um, hard time. Pic’s main problem is that it seems afraid auds might not get the jokes; Jeanjean’s setups are often overly explanatory, robbing the vital element of any gag: surprise. Frequent TV-style closeups reinforce the sitcom feel, despite widescreen lensing. Acting from the leads, and Marianne Denicourt and Francois Vincentelli as a fellow couple with fertility issues, is solid sans plus. Craft contributions are similarly OK.