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|Originaltitel:||Amoureux de ma femme|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 84 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
When Daniel (Daniel Auteuil) meets his old friend Patrick (Gérard Depardieu) again, he invites him to dinner - to the displeasure of his wife Isabelle (Sandrine Kiberlain), who doesn't really want anything to do with Patrick since he left his wife for a younger one. And he wants to introduce this new woman to them at their dinner. That's where trouble's inevitable. But Isabelle makes a good face for the sake of her husband - until she notices that he also falls for the charm of the attractive Emma (Adriana Ugarte)…
"In love with my wife" is a film adaptation of a play, which is quite noticeable in the chamber play-like production here and there. But director and main actor Daniel Auteuil makes good use of the possibilities of cinema to give the story a very interesting and effective level. As he lets his main character, embodied by himself, lose himself more and more in daydreams, the boundaries between fantasy and reality become blurred for the viewer as well. And soon you ask yourself as a spectator: is this really happening now or only in Daniel's head?
That makes for some amusing twists and turns, which give the otherwise rather conventional story the necessary spice. Adriana Ugarte plays the young seductress very convincingly, so that the viewer can understand why Daniel gets sinful thoughts in her presence, even though he is actually happily married. And perhaps it is also necessary for him to realize how well he has it in his marriage - a circumstance he seems to have forgotten in the face of normal everyday routine.
"In love with my wife" is a nice comedy about the delightfully absurd behavior of men in the midlife crisis. Quick and originally staged, this amorous odyssey stands out from other movies that are all too often called "typically French". Not a masterpiece, but some moments are too flat and superficial. But all in all humor, timing and tempo are almost perfect, which gives the whole thing a satisfied "worth seeing"!
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