Same To You

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

A modest independent that gained fairly widespread attention on the festival circuit, SAME TO YOU concerns a pair of musicians, Franke and Levy, whose romance has lost its sparkle and who are looking for a way to end it without too much pain. Levy storms out of the apartment one day and goes to a brothel, where he unsuccessfully attempts sex with a black...read more

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A modest independent that gained fairly widespread attention on the festival circuit, SAME TO YOU concerns a pair of musicians, Franke and Levy, whose romance has lost its sparkle and who are looking for a way to end it without too much pain. Levy storms out of the apartment one day and

goes to a brothel, where he unsuccessfully attempts sex with a black prostitute. Later he gets a message from Franke to join her for a gig at a 50th wedding anniversary. There they play dance tunes, tell jokes, and do scenes while Franke is given the eye by a handsome American in a white dinner

jacket. They argue in the bathroom, and a woman who is hiding in the tub drinking champagne gives them the address of a couple she knows who are still in love after decades of marriage. Back out in the party, the two are about to do the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" when suddenly the

lights go out. There is a scream, the lights turn back on, and the hostess is lying at Levy's feet with a knife in her. Levy bends over to pick up the knife, and immediately the whole crowd is after him and Franke. The two manage to escape the American, who turns out to be the killer, and make

their way back home. There, however, they see the police waiting outside, so they are forced to sleep on the streets that night. They go looking for the old couple the woman in the tub told them about, but with no luck. They do, however, meet a man who is locked in his apartment, having thrown the

key out the window while planning suicide but then thinking better of the idea. They go to Levy's parents' apartment, where they celebrate Levy's birthday with a huge meal. In her saxophone, Franke finds the reason for the murder--a roll of super-8 film showing a prominent politician with the same

prostitute Levy had visited. Back at their apartment, they are just waking up when the American and his colleagues arrive to search the place. Levy manages to escape out the window, but Franke is taken back to the brothel where she is left under the guard of the prostitute. Levy steals a car to

follow them and finds a pistol in the glove compartment. After Franke is rescued with little difficulty, they return to their apartment to get a few things for a trip to sunny Italy. They get to horsing around on the bed, though, and pretty soon the killer comes in and shoots them both dead.

Shot in grainy, jerky black-and-white and obviously largely improvised (the two leads get screenplay credit, along with the director), the movie certainly possesses some charm. Franke and Levy are a pleasant enough couple as their romance is recharged despite (or because of) the danger. But if

ever the category "Too Stupid to Live" applied to anyone, these are the people. They are relentlessly careless, and their inevitable deaths seem more like a mercy killing to put these fools out of their misery. (Sexual situations, violence.)

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A modest independent that gained fairly widespread attention on the festival circuit, SAME TO YOU concerns a pair of musicians, Franke and Levy, whose romance has lost its sparkle and who are looking for a way to end it without too much pain. Levy storms o… (more)

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