French and Hollywood versions, but this film is infinitely more interesting and nuanced than was that crass concoction that cashed in on the supposedly new-found connection between men and babies. As if. The Stroller Strategy cast helps enormously, too. The lovers are played by Raphaël Personnaz (above and below) and Charlotte Lebon (below, right), and both provide more than enough sex appeal, charm, humor and intelligence to make ideal rom-com headliners.
Angelika Film Center, and in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on June 28. As new playdates appear, they'll be posted here: click, and then click on IN THEATERS.
Back in March of this year, during Rendez-vous With French Cinema, TrustMovies (whose words are in boldface, below) got to meet and spend a few minutes with the movie's gifted, extremely attractive and fluent-in-English star Raphaël Personnaz, at right, whose words are shown below in standard type). The first thing we want to know is the pronunciation of his name and what those two little dots over the "e" mean. Raphaël laughs and explains that they have to do with pronunciation:
Gotcha. It turns out that I have seen you in a lot more movies than I had realized. But I didn't remember you in all of them.
The Princess of Montpensier?
Yes, but I would certainly remember you in that! Your character (seen in the photo below) was the one I found the most interesting in the film because he seems particularly intelligent and careful. And of course he later becomes ever more important. He seems to understand better than anyone else what is happening and what he himself wants out of it all.
Yes -- and so he becomes the King! In the script he has this irony about things, too, which was interesting to play. Because of his young age, I think this was the strength of the movie --
They were ALL so young! --
In reality most of them would have been dead by that age.
Oh -- and you were in one of my favorite films, Blame it on Fidel, but I didn't even see you in that one.
(He laughs) It was such a small role!
Ah, and also you were in another movie I loved but I didn't realize it: Housewarming (Travaux) with Carole Bouquet.
Yes, and in another very small role.
Ah, but you have now just finished working with Daniel Auteuil? And as one of the stars.
Yes, in his new films Fanny and Marius (shown below)
Yes, but we have not filmed that yet. Maybe in about one year.
Did you see The Well-Digger's Daughter?
Is this one in that same wonderful style. I just loved that film.
Yes, it is. It is the same author, Marcel Pagnol.
It's so French. French countryside!
Of course, and it is from the south of France. Daniel Auteuil is from that same area.
Really? And are you, as well?
I am from the other side of the south: the Southwest. Daniel is from the Southeast.
What role do you play?
I play Marius, the son of Cesar.
So you are the young leading man, the same character as played by Horst Buchholz in the Joshua Logan film, I think.
Yes, the guy who wants to leave.
This is real kind of comedy. Not so commercial because in a way the characters in this movie are not freaks, they don't have so much the perspective of the future. It is more about the situation. I think this movie is really of its time, and in a way I think this character is a little bit like Charlie Chaplin. We laugh about him but he also have something sad in him.
This will be very interesting to see.
Yes, and it is the first movie of this director, who is really talented. He comes from legitimate theater, after fifteen years of writing and directing plays. When I first met him, he told me that his reference for this film was Garden State.
No, no, me too. But what was interesting was not to have all these stylish shots. Instead you have to have, as the Portuguese say, something melancholic.
Ah -- all this sounds pretty interesting, so I will look forward to seeing The Stroller Strategy as soon as I can. And thank you so much for your time, Raphaël!