Engrossing, erotic and sometimes comic, 'L'Ennui' tells the story of restless philosophy professor Martin (Charles Berling), tired of teaching and troubled by the happiness of his ex-wife (Arielle Dombasle). His mid-life crises takes a turn when he meets the young, enigmatic and far from intellectual Cecilia (Sophie Guillemin), with whom he embarks upon a sexually-charged affair. Enlisting his ex-wife as a reluctant confidante, Martin claims that he is bored by Cecilia, yet continues to see her, fascinated by her uncomplicated attitude toward love, life and sex. But, upon learning that Cecilia is also seeing a much younger man, Martin's desire becomes tainted with jealousy and eventually becomes an uncontrollable obsession that threatens to consume him.
I know it sounds stupid to say it but it's 'very french'
- L'Ennui review by JC
Honestly I had to look away from some of the over thrusty-bangy lovemaking scenes, his lack of class in the sex dept might mean something but if so it clearly shot straight over my head (no pun). The film lacked intellectual depth, it was mildly scathing of women in general and shows men as weak regarding the opposite sex (hey, maybe that was what it was all about). It did however enlighten me somewhat regarding 'problem daughters' in a real way, and it did have an attractive and naked young woman in it (but the bloke is a bit skinny & grim looking so I am told).