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Jet Lag
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Title aside, there is no lag or sag."
5 stars

Beautifully filmed pensive romance written and directed by Daničle Thompson (writer/director of La Bűche, writer of Queen Margot, La Boum) between an unlikely persnickety couple of Jean Reno and Juliette Binoche.

Both on their way out of France, he to oversee his new line of frozen entrees (he is/was a gourmet chef), and she to escape an abusive relationship. They meet accidentally, when she drops her cell phone down the toilet and asks to borrow his, and minor coincidence keeps bringing them together. (Her friend calls back on Reno’s phone, their flights are delayed, etc.) The movie is never afraid of making its characters look bad or childish in their preconceptions and actions (Binoche, a make-up artist, caboodle in tote and always wearing layers of the cheap stuff herself), nor is it afraid to show its characters grow and admit mistake. So much of that alone is what lacks in every other romantic comedy out there — the decision to restrict its characters to a particular mold and either never learn, or wake up with an epiphany one day with drastic change. Thompson neither glamorizes either of her romantic leads, nor frets about portraying them as rather ugly at times. It’s all part of, so to say, making them vulnerable and realistic — one needn’t have their best face on at all times to lose it, and allowing the viewer to see an unidealized version of that really helps to make its characters human-like instead of fairytale-esque. And to say nothing of the peaks and valleys of the romance’s course (the rushed parting, elliptical as they are, squeezes out every ounce of emotional desperation), it remains swooningly intoxicating and ultimately, adult in nature. Which is perhaps another separation between this film and the pedestrian everyday rom-coms: although its characters don’t at all times act grown up, the movie makes no mistake of being childish. To add to the beauty of the romance, it’s also lovely to look at: Patrick Blossier’s cinematography is some of the crispest and passionate that I’ve seen this year, and a wonderful use of CinemaScope. (Apparently this was ill-received in France, and Miramax gave it a last-ditch effort of release. Pity.) With Sergi López.

[Absolutely to be seen.]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Palm Springs Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Palm Springs Film Festival series, click here.

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8/04/14 Jamie Just a delicious, charming movie, wish juliette would do more 5 stars
5/14/09 Nana Actors, setting, delicious 5 stars
2/12/06 Liliane colburn love her work 5 stars
1/09/04 boomting dis film iz heavy it is plausseble 2 a wide range of people gwan JET LAG! 5 stars
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  13-Jun-2003 (R)
  DVD: 20-Jan-2004



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