Heartbreaker (L’arnacoeur) (2010) Film Review


Alex (Romain Duris), his sister Melanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (Francois Damiens) run a company that split up couples. For example, if your sister is dating a loser and is unhappy, Alex will start to seduce her to show her that she deserves better. There are rules; he will not sleep with a target and they will only break up unhappy couples. Then he is employed by a man with strong gangster connections to break up his daughter Juliette’s engagement – with only ten days before the wedding.

I’d be most surprised if there is not a Hollywood version of this film made in the future – if it does not already exist. It’s classic RomCom – and it’s great fun. It reminds me somewhat of Failure to Launch or Hitch – I guess it is the whole thing of a person who thinks they are beating the game of love but end up learning a lesson.

The only real issue I had with the film was the total lack of chemistry between the couple who are allegedly falling in love. A lot of that came from the bored expression of Vanessa Paradis playing Juliette – she just seemed disinterested in everything the whole way through the film. Some emotion of any kind would have been good.

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