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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
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by Greg Muskewitz

"He loves her, he loves her not. Watch and learn."
4 stars

A wonderful example in film of how an audience’s reaction to the elements of storytelling and its umbrage, is affected by the shaping of what, when, where, and how, it is revealed. Of course, that means saying too much about this film, directed by Laetitia Colombani, could alter the freshness of what and how it does what it does …

When we meet Audrey Tautou (Amélie), she is madly in love with Samuel Le Bihan, a married cardiologist. The doctor’s relationships appear to be at a strain, as there are palpable issues he’s having with his wife, and by the fact that he’s been unresponsive to his paramour. An ultimatum is given, and when it’s not met, dire consequences are taken, which lead not only to a wide array of broken heart allusions, but to a revelation about the past and that key’s pertinence to the current state of affairs. He Loves Me … is a compelling experiment of the shaping of a story and what the duty of context is to provide within reasonable perceptions being made. Naturally, the audience is going to follow the logic of what they’re presented with if they are not in the discerning position of trying to leap out at what may be in front of them. (That response would be somewhere along the lines of watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie.) But this goes to show, really unless the prospective viewer has been briefed of what’s to come, just how the general assumption of a story’s flow can be so far off through the absence of multiple details or another character’s perspective. An argument could be made for the case of Tautou’s distressed character, and how her emotions have seemingly be manipulated, but that she isn’t normal and thereby seeing through her eyes is just as manipulated a decision. If that were to be the issue of contention, neither do we have the verification of other characters’ loopinesses in a given situation in any other movie unless the disorder is being sought out. And to rule that against He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not is to take away a large portion of its enjoyment. Colombani isn’t being discreet and secretive for the sake of smugly playing tricks, but instead to toy with the notions of our perceptions and how the continuity of a story, including who is telling it, has a lot of relevance to its acceptance. With Isabelle Carré.


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12/20/06 Dark Enchantress Awesome love story! 5 stars
10/09/04 LilyM Nice gimmick. Loved the last shot. 4 stars
3/22/04 Goofy Maxwell Tautou's ironic performance rises above the rest. Don't miss the Amelie fanboy satire! 4 stars
1/08/04 Ingo Brillant acting, superb script, has to be seen more than once! 4 stars
9/02/03 Nicole Uses techniques similar to Run Lola Run.....something off about the ending 4 stars
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