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Heartbreaker

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In a frothy, sexy feature The Huffington Post called an effervescent delight, Alex (Romain Duris of The Beat That My Heart Skipped) is a romantic for hire. If your daughter or sister or friend is falling for the wrong man, Alex will get her to fall for him, watch her dump the loser...and then break her heart by walking away. She ll be sad but wiser and lucky to have avoided a bad relationship. It s a highly profitable business with one rule: don t fall in love. When Alex is hired to woo Juliette (Vanessa Paradis of Girl On The Bridge), he breaks her heart...and his own rule. Starring two of the most beautiful actors in the world, Heartbreaker is the perfect date movie with a sweetly hilarious, Dirty Dancing-inspired finale that you ll never forget.

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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis
  • Directors: Pascal Chaumeil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B3254Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
Format: DVD
HEARTBREAKER ('L'ARNACOEUR') is a delightful bit of French fluff, created as only the French know how. There are 'quotes' from certain films and songs that mix the two main characters together and add to the meringue of the farce. Based on a light story by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner, and Yhan Gromb and directed with a fine sense of comic timing by Pascal Chaumeil, this is one of those examples of the farces the French do so well.

Alex Lipp (Romain Duris), his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (François Damiens) run a little business: they coordinate efforts to breakup undesired relationships for pay. After a few examples of how the trio works its magic, an assignment takes them to Monaco where they are hired to stop the marriage between Juliette Van Der Becq (Vanessa Paradis) and her wealthy humanitarian fiancé Jonathan Alcott (Andrew Lincoln) - in 10 days time! Alex is avoiding previous client debts represented by a bodyguard Goran (Jean-Marie Paris) but plunges into the formula courtship destruction mode with Juliette; the difference this time is that Juliette seems happily ensconced in the marriage plans and has little time for Alex's plans. But of course through the period of time allotted, Juliette finds qualities in Alex that are missing from her 'perfect' fiancé and Alex breaks his cardinal rule and falls in love with his marked client Juliette. The manner in which the story is resolved is clever and entertaining and heartwarming.

This may not be a great movie but it is a well-acted refreshing little romp to cleanse the palette! In French and English with subtitles. Grady Harp, November 10
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There have been a lot of romantic comedies about prostitutes and gigolos, but "Heartbreaker" (L'arnacoeur) puts a new twist on the lover-for-hire theme. Alex (Romain Duris) specializes in breaking up relationships. With the aid of his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier) and brother-in-law Marc (François Damiers), Alex saves women from unhappy relationships by seducing the ladies away from their beaus. He's a pro. And he owes people money. So, when a rich flower magnate hires him to break up his daughter Juliette's (Vanessa Paradis) engagement to a very nice, affluent British man (Andrew Lincoln), Alex accepts. But this case presents some problems: The couple are genuinely happy and well-suited. And Alex is smitten with Juliette.

Most of the movie takes place in Monte Carlo, where the bride is planning her wedding and Alex is attempting to be a convincing bodyguard. Since Juliette is being manipulated, she is the straight man. Her dilemma seems real. Many of the laugh-out-loud moments are thanks to the antics of Mélanie and Marc. Their little team is much too high-tech for such a ramshackle operation, but that's the kind of suspension of disbelief that comedies can get away with. I think there should be a rule that romantic comedies not run longer than 90 minutes, and this one runs 105, but it's fun and makes good use of the new twist on an old theme. The only bonus features on the DVD (MPI 2011) are a trailer (2 ½ min) and a TV spot (30 sec). Subtitles are available in English SDH, English, and Spanish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coldsteel7 on January 26, 2011
Format: DVD
Alex Lippi (Romain Duris) has an odd occupation. He gets paid to break up relationships. Assisted by his sister Melanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (Francois Damiens). Together, they construct elaborate schemes aimed toward getting the women to recognize their own doubts about their relationships.

The team employ an intricate strategy, gathering extensive intelligence on their targets before they put their plans into action. There are also rules. The team will not break up a happy couple. This presents a problem when Alex agrees to take up a challenge named Juliette (Vanessa Paradis). Heavily in debt and faced with a moral dilemma, Alex complicates matters by falling in love with his target.

The film had great dialogue and well developed characters. The comedy was subtle, but fresh. While the plot was predictable, I enjoyed watching it develop. The ridiculous schemes that this team hatches makes for some interesting interactions and sets the foundation for some great situational comedy. It is a light, fun and unique story.

While it is predictable at times, the situations offer some unique opportunities for fresh humor. Strong dialogue, good character development and a skilled cast give life to an excellent screenplay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dana sonnenberg on November 19, 2013
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I love love love this movie! Good story and great acting. I felt there was truly a connection between the characters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stargazing on September 15, 2013
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Great movie! Witty, smart, fun entertainment with a fun ending and a few lighthearted twists .Bring out the chocolates and wine !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Bowerman on October 5, 2013
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I love this movie, although if you don't like sub titles it's not for you. It's a hilarious, romantic comedy and it's my favorite. I've watched it 5 times already!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Cross on September 18, 2013
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Extremely entertaining. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We both realized within a few minutes that we were almost forgot we were reading the sub-titles.
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The French confection "Heartbreaker" has one primary thing going for it--a winning performance by the always reliable Romain Duris. This light and fanciful romantic comedy is not only held together by Duris' solid lead performance--it is sold by his charms! A cute premise, able comic sidekicks, and lush locales add dimension to this by-the-numbers tale--but it is Duris that is able to make the audience care. Cast against Vanessa Paradis, I'm not always sure why he fell in love with her cipher of a character--but I was able to just go with the flow thanks to amusing and committed performances. And once you add comic bits involving Wham! and "Dirty Dancing," the movie becomes almost irresistible.

Duris plays a romantic hitman, of sorts, contracted by clients to break up potentially destructive relationships. The movie begins with a delightfully skewed con that sets the lightweight tone of the film perfectly. Aided by his sister and brother-in-law, the crew's next mark is in Monaco. Hired by Paridis' father, they have ten days to stop her wedding to a British philanthropist (Andrew Lincoln). Further complicating matters, Duris is also being dogged by gangsters to whom he owes a small fortune. Posing as a bodyguard, Duris infiltrates her inner circle and, naturally, an attraction starts to blossom. With some ribald support (his sister enacts every job at the hotel, her promiscuous girl friend arrives in town), the film retains a fitfully funny and, at times, slap stick vibe.

For me, however, the least effective aspect of the film has got to be the romance. Duris has a code of honor and only wants to help women out of relationships in which they are unhappy. Lincoln, however, is portrayed as a pretty terrific catch--generous and loving.
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