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|Original title:||Un Homme à la Hauteur|
|Production country:||Frankreich 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 99 min.|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
Diane (Virginie Efira) is attractive and successful. What more could you ask for? But the single woman is not really happy. Because her ex-husband, who is also her partner in the joint firm, does not only make her life difficult professionally. But suddenly a new man enters her life: Alexandre (Jean Dujardin), a charming architect who found her mobile phone in a restaurant. On the phone, he manages to persuade Diane to a meeting that could turn into a date. But when they face each other, Diane is astonished: Alexandre is only 1,40m tall. So every romantic spark seems to be nipped in the bud. However, Alexandre's loose handling of his size is absolutely disarming for Diane and for a short moment it actually seems that she could fall in love with this man. But when her environment reacts rather hostile to the lovable Alexandre, Diane has to ask herself if she has the greatness to face the prejudices and scepticism with which the unequal couple will probably always be met&.hellip;
With "Mein ziemlich kleiner Freund" director Laurent Tirard ("The Little Nick") succeeded in doing a little trick. Because the story could easily have degenerated into a flat embarrassment - especially since no small actor was chosen for the role of Alexandre, but an actor was reduced in size with the help of digital technology and camera settings. That could have easily been eye-catching. But the casual, yet also very sensitive staging and the good play of Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") make this somewhat different romantic comedy work out extremely well. The chemistry between Dujardin and Virginie Efira ("Pear Cake with Lavender") is perfect, so that the viewer can only understand Diane's dilemma too well. One is captivated by Alexandre's charm and the disarming way in which he deals with his height, but one also senses the looks and reservations with which the two are confronted everywhere.
It is pleasant that Tirard largely avoids brute humor. Surely, not every gag here is a prime example of a profound joke. But all in all Tirard is a lot more sensitive than in his "Asterix"-movie and even leaves a little bit of room for very quiet, touching moments. This has a positive effect in that the talent of the two wonderful main actors isn't given away for flat jokes and there is enough room for them to develop their talent in this easy comedy as well.
"My rather small friend" is perhaps - forgive me for the pun - not quite a big cinema. But entertaining feel-good entertainment is always offered to the viewer. If you like light French romantic comedies and want to leave the cinema in a really good mood, you shouldn't miss this charming movie. Absolutely worth seeing!
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