Léa Fazer (shown at right), a Swiss filmmaker of whom most of us will not have heard, which is a shame, as her film is well made, features a nifty and attractive cast, and deals with themes that have only grown more timely and important in the succeeding years following its original release.
The tale here is of a young, bright, good-looking couple, Margo and Victor, unmarried as yet but who are both successful lawyers at a large and important law firm. Within the first few minutes of the movie, Fazer sees to it that one of her themes -- the unhealthy stress involved in big business -- comes to the fore, as suddenly and comically one of the higher-ups has a heart attack.
Jocelyn Quivrin) above and below, left) or Margo (the ubiquitous Alice Taglioni, above and below, right). The two seem genuinely supportive of each other and feel that they can't lose, since either one or the other will gain the promotion and thus their life together will be better and easier. Oh, really?
Kyle Smith!) but Fazer doesn't insist on this, either. It's the people here who matter most, and Taglinoni makes a lovely heroine, even as her versatility (Grande école, The Valet, Paris-Manhattan and The Prey) continues to grow. Quivrin, who was clearly on the road to stardom before his untimely death, is equally good -- as are Pascalle Arbillot, (above, right, with kids) as Margo's sister; Scali Delpeyrat, very funny as sis' possible new beau; and Thierry Lhermitte (below, left) as the law firm's boss.