Reckless relationships complicate the lives of a group of young Parisians in writer/director Catherine Corsini's odd romance. Needy, stubborn and manic, Camille (Karin Viard) works sporadically as a lifeguard but channels most of her scattershot energy into dangerous liaisons and emotional terrorism, wounding friends and family alike with her cruel words and utter indifference to propriety or self-preservation. While her brother Emile (Laurent Lucas) and his wife, Sophie (Valentine Vidal), await the birth of their first baby, Camille drifts off to orgies, pickup bars and S&M clubs, drinking and drugging her way through a series of zipless encounters with alarmingly detached abandon. Then she meets Emile's friend Alexis (Pierre-Loup Rajot), a deeply serious, low-level Socialist politician married to the beautiful, intelligent Isabelle
(Catherine Frot) and the father of two small daughters. Camille is smitten, but Alexis wants no part of her advances; he instead encourages her to date Ben (Sergi Lopez), a sexually adventurous truck driver. Camille obsesses, regales her friends especially endlessly tolerant lesbian couple Solveig and Louise (Nozha Khouadra, Mireille Roussel) with her every lunatic thought of Alexis and insinuates herself into his professional and home lives. Only after she finally blows him off does Alexis suddenly become interested in Camille, and their subsequent clandestine affair wreaks
havoc on both their lives. Driven by Viard's fearless performance as the out-of-control Camille, this film's breezy tone is somewhat at odds with Camille's stalker-like behavior. Perhaps Corsini meant her to be a French Bridget Jones, an endearing mix of muddled romanticism and obsessive insecurity. But she comes off more like FATAL ATTRACTION's Alex Forrest, just before she starts boiling bunnies; maybe it's a French thing, but Camille's desperate, destructive antics just don't seem especially cute or funny.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: NR
- Review: Reckless relationships complicate the lives of a group of young Parisians in writer/director Catherine Corsini's odd romance. Needy, stubborn and manic, Camille (Karin Viard) works sporadically as a lifeguard but channels most of her scattershot energy int… (more)