Les Ex | The Exes

  • Screening Dates: 15th November, 8pm  //  22nd November, 6.30pm
  • Starring: Jean-Paul Rouve, Maurice Barthélemy, Claudia Tagbo, Patrick Chesnais
  • Directed by: Maurice Barthélemy
  • Running time: 84 mins
  • Rating: M
  • Language: French with English subtitles

With his tongue firmly in cheek, writer-director Maurice Barthélemy continues to do what he does best – make people laugh – in this very funny comedy that asks: do we ever really leave our exes?

A remake of the Italian farce, The Exes perfectly transposes to Paris – The City of Lovers – where the fallout from love includes innumerable broken hearts, unresolvedr elationships and former partners who just can’t let go.

In particular, Antoine (Jean-Paul Rouve, C’est la vie!) makes it a point to avoid involvement, Didier (Patrick Chesnais) wants his wife back, Laurent (Arnaud Ducret) celebrates the marriage of Julie (Stéfi Celma) through gritted teeth, Serge (the filmmaker himself, Maurice Barthélemy) is hassled by his current girlfriend’s ex, and Greg (Baptiste Lecaplain) finds consolation with his ex’s dog.

Injecting Vaudevillian elements to up the comedy ante, The Exes could be considered the opposite of Love Actually,using humour to downplay the drama and, ultimately, bring levity to a more serious message. But, don’t think about it too much. This is a film for tuning out and enjoying the ride.

SOURCE: Alliance Francais film festival