Wednesday, February 18, 2015


By D.E.Levine

A Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2015 selection

Two sisters Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni) and Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) both fall in love with Marc (Benoit Poelvoorde), a Paris-based tax collector.

Sylvie meets Marc first when he misses the last train home to his home in the town of Valence and goes to a bar where she comes in to buy cigarettes.  Immediately attracted to each other they spend the entire night walking Paris.

Arranging to meet on  Friday to see where their attraction takes them, Marc suffers a heart attack and arrives late, missing Sylvie.

One day in his Paris office Marc meets Sophie, an antiques dealer whose sister has left their joint business and needs help with a tax audit.  Marc offers his help and returns to Valence where he and Sophie fall in love.  With that Sophie breaks up with her boy friend and moves out, introducing Marc to her mother (Catherine Deneuve).

Sylvie is absent from the picture since she moved with her husband to the United States when he was moved there for work.  During Skype calls Marc is always just out of the line of sight so Sylvie never sees him.

The plot has many twists and the drama heightens until Marc finally realizes that Sylvie and Sophie are sisters,  By now engaged and ready to marry Sophie, Marc's feelings are never the same passion that he felt for Sylvie.

The sisters, always devoted to each other, face some interesting scenes with delays that prevent Sylvie from meeting Marc formally and attending the wedding ceremony.  Marc, committed to and married to Sophie, is obsessed with Sylvie after the marriage.

The story is interesting, the acting of the highest caliber, making for an interesting time at the cinema.