SPENDID AND TOUCHING FRENCH COMEDY
- The Student and Mr. Henri review by GF
As US romantic comedies plum the depths of vulgarity and crudeness, I find myself turning more to the more sophisticated Romances, that French cinema efortlessly turns out, like this one..
Young student Constance takes a room in the gome of an elderly widower after failing her college exams. Over a year they become firm friends and the relaitonship between the aging Henri and his son and the daughter in law he has never quite taken to, mirrors that of Constance and her Father who is set against her realising her dream of going to music school .
Lovely movie with great music and fine performances.
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Mr. Henri's plan to break up his son's marriage.
- The Student and Mr. Henri review by SC
I think I must have mis-read the blurb, because I thought the film was going to be about an old man who lets a room to a girl student on the condition that she stop his son from getting married, and I thought this sounded like a good set up for a Gallic rom-com; but in fact the son is already married. Still, the film was much better than I expected, the script is very good, very funny in a sort of droll French sarky manner. The son was much older than I thought he would be, and his wife was actually quite fetch. I usually buy films (on DVD) that I like and watch them again. I wouldn't buy this film, but if somebody gave it to me as a Christmas present I would not be disappointed and would probably watch it two or three times more.