Ouch!

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Romance

"Ouch" is right. To say that this willfully eccentric, thoroughly distasteful French romantic comedy defies categorization doesn't mean it's in any way original, just that it's neither romantic nor particularly funny. Robert (Andre Dussolier) is a well-past-middle-aged man whose much younger former lover, Claire (Emmanuelle Devos), has just had a baby boy....read more

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"Ouch" is right. To say that this willfully eccentric, thoroughly distasteful French romantic comedy defies categorization doesn't mean it's in any way original, just that it's neither romantic nor particularly funny. Robert (Andre Dussolier) is a well-past-middle-aged man whose much younger former lover, Claire (Emmanuelle Devos), has just had a baby boy. Claire assures him that the child isn't his; it's a mere coincidence that the infant's middle name is Robert. Settling his nerves with a drink in a nearby bar, Robert chats up a pretty young waitress. Her name, she tells him, is Marie-Pierre, but everyone calls her "Ouch" (Aie in French); she's bulimic and a fashion model and despite all evidence to the contrary, really a very normal sort of person. Ouch (Helene Fillieres, the director's sister) tells Robert that she'll fall madly in love with him if he likes, and proceeds to do just that. Ouch later shows up at Robert's apartment with enough pastry for eight people, which she then consumes at an alarming rate; her bulimia, it seems, is one thing about her life story that's grounded in reality. Robert tries to brush her off by saying he's seeing someone else, but it's no use; true to her word, the poor thing really has fallen in love with him. Only after she's lured Robert out to her parents' house in the country does Ouch tell him who she really is. Her name is Yocnor, and she came to Earth from the planet Arachnoid over 400,000 years ago to collect data that will eventually help her fellow Arachnids to destroy the galaxy. The whole film feels like a long set-up to a massive practical joke that's to be played on an old fool by a woman half his age, but if you're expecting a Bunuelian zinger along the lines of THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE, you're expecting far too much. Apparently director Sophie Fillieres really wants her audience to accept her film as a sincere romance, despite the unsavory pairing of Robert and Marie-Pierre/Ouch/Yocnor. And one can only suppose that Fillieres's flippant attitude toward delusional schizophrenic behavior and a serious eating disorder (Ouch is forever foraging for food, then darting into toilets or excusing herself after a meal so she can vomit in the shower) means that it's a comedy as well.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: "Ouch" is right. To say that this willfully eccentric, thoroughly distasteful French romantic comedy defies categorization doesn't mean it's in any way original, just that it's neither romantic nor particularly funny. Robert (Andre Dussolier) is a well-pas… (more)

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