Jeanne And The Perfect Guy

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Musical, Romance

And you thought trippy French musicals had gone out of style. This oddity, obviously inspired by THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT, attempts to update Jacques Demy for our cynical age. Jeanne (Virginie Ledoyen) is a travel agency receptionist with a voracious appetite for romance. She's stringing along both ambitious executive...read more

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And you thought trippy French musicals had gone out of style. This oddity, obviously inspired by THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT, attempts to update Jacques Demy for our cynical age. Jeanne (Virginie Ledoyen) is a travel agency

receptionist with a voracious appetite for romance. She's stringing along both ambitious executive Jean-Baptiste (Frederic Gorny) and the office messenger (Laurent Arcaro), and still has time to pick up a handsome stranger named Olivier (Mathieu Demy) on the Métro. On her way to a rendez

vous with Olivier, she bumps into old friend François (Jacques Bonnaffe), who became an ACT UP activist when his lover died of AIDS. Later, Olivier also runs into François, who encourages him to go to an ACT UP march. Right from the first scene, featuring the immigrant janitorial staff, it's

pretty clear that this isn't going to be your typical French romance. Jeanne bursts into song and dance numbers at her office and the Chinese lunch joint, as well as on the beautiful Parisian streets, parks and bridges. Though she doesn't immediately give up her other lovers, it's clear that

Jeanne has fallen for Olivier and he for her. And even after Olivier confesses that he was a intravenous drug user and now has AIDS, the unflappable Jeanne pledges to stand by him. But when Olivier's condition worsens, he decides to return home to his family without letting Jeanne know. By all

rights, none of this should work, but Ledoyen's brilliantly subversive performance commands attention, and though the songs aren't all terrifically original, they're rendered powerful by their context. Co-directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau pull off the tricky dance between Jeanne's

fanciful romantic spirit and the tragedy inherent in Jeanne and Olivier's relationship: They do it by the skin of their teeth, but they do it. If you're looking for something different that celebrates life and love, this movie certainly qualifies.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: And you thought trippy French musicals had gone out of style. This oddity, obviously inspired by THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT, attempts to update Jacques Demy for our cynical age. Jeanne (Virginie Ledoyen) is a travel agency… (more)

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