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Heartbreaker

4.1 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B3254Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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There are some things to like in this film. Vanessa Paradis, as the leading lady, is lovely, Julie Ferrier and Francois Damien as the married side-kicks are both terrific, and Monte Carlo is....well Monte Carlo. But most of the characters are types and the script is predictable....we know from the get-go what will happen. (The final scene was a rip-off of the final scene in "The Graduate.")

The main problem I had with the film, other than the so-so plot, was the lead actor, Romain Duris. I saw him recently in a wonderful film about Romanian Gypsies and loved him in it. Here....and this is just my personal opinion, which is evidently not shared by any of the other commenters, I just hated him! I love many not-pretty French actors, Yvan Atal, for one, who made a terrific co-star with Vanessa Paradis, in "The Girl on the Bridge. But Duris, here, pushed the limits of my aesthetic tolerance too far. I just found him personally repulsive ...sorry! And frankly this ruined the film for me. One has to like the hero to root for him and I kept hoping that Vanessa would end with the nice Oxford graduate.

Again, Julie Ferrier and especially Francois Damien bring a lot of freshness and humor to the film. The fellow who plays Paradis' father is very good, too. Too bad Duris is on screen for most of the film. If you like a lightweight film with a predictable plot in a lush setting, you may like this.
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