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The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011)

Melanie Laurent , Michel Blanc , Jennifer Devoldere  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melanie Laurent, Michel Blanc, Guillaume Gouix, Florence Loiret Caille
  • Directors: Jennifer Devoldere
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008EWNP1M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A film that's creative and likeable, right up to its surprising conclusion when everything comes together. - Amelie Emenault,Excessif --Justin Li,Sound On Sight

[...] Its heartwarming nature and talented ensemble cast make it worthwhile to watch. --Ilan Mester,Shalom Life

[...] A distinct French charm that gives The Day I Saw Your Heart a heartwarming conclusion. --Justin Li, Sound On Sight

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Families are complicated.
Especially when Eli, the father, who's about to be 60, is expecting a baby with his new wife. Upon hearing this news, his two grown daughters, Dom, who is trying to adopt, and Justine, who flits from one boyfriend to the next, are shocked. To get closer to Justine, whom he has never gotten along with, Eli has the bright idea of making friends with all of her exes...without her knowledge. But when Justine falls in love again and Eli is about to ruin everything, this family is on the verge of falling apart. Will they all be able to make peace before it's too late?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional father-daughter relationship movie July 28, 2012
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"The Day I Saw Your Heart" (2011 release from France) is the most recent (July, 2012) release in the monthly Film Movement series of foreign and indie films. Please note that the original title of this movie is "Et Soudain, Tout Le Monde Me Manque" (which translates as "And Suddenly, I Miss Everyone").

Michel Blanc stars as Eli, who recently remarried and is expecting a baby with his new (and much younger) wife. Eli has 2 grown daughters, Dom(inique), who is looking to adopt a baby with her husband, and Ju(stine), the free-spirit who cannot stand her dad. Dom and Ju are appalled that their dad is to become a father again, given the terrible job he did with them. Or did he? In the first half hour of the movie, we witness what a complete jerk Eli is, and the toll it takes on everyone around him ("his loved ones" would be an overstatement).

But not everything is what it appears to be, and as the movie progresses we see signs of change in both Eli and Ju. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Legendary French actor Michel Blanc brings Eli as if he was born to play this role, but Melanie Laurent as his daughter Ju is the true break-out star of this movie. Also noteworthy is the soundtrack of the movie, with great songs placements from Ben Kweller, Regina Spektor and Nina Simone, among others. Please note that the DVD contains several bonuses, including a very clever 5 min. cartoon from Canada called "Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish". If you are in the mood for a good foreign movie, be sure to check out "The Day I Saw Your Heart".
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Jennifer Devoldere's dramedy "The Day I Saw Your Heart" is an offbeat combination of unbelievably quirky characters, farcical situations mixed with real life concerns, and overt sentimentality. There's not much about its plot that rings particularly true, but the underlying alienation that can exist within families grounds the movie in a way that make it virtually impossible not to respond to. It's very much like a grown-up sitcom that packs a surprisingly emotional punch. Perhaps I'm not describing the picture well. I enjoyed it very much. But my head groaned at some of the film's contrivances while my heart embraced its overall mood and message. It probably helped matters that the film boasts a strong and likable cast. Led by the lovely Melanie Laurent (who I still think was robbed of an Oscar nod for Inglorious Basterds), this French trifle has heart and charm to spare.

The movie introduces us to a typical family of comic dysfunction, the Dhreys. It soon becomes apparent, however, that a special awkwardness and irritation exist between father (Michel Blanc) and daughter (Laurent). Blanc may easily have the film's showiest role and he inhabits it to perfection. Fussy and inappropriate, he is also a lovable curmudgeon. The tension between the two is palpable and real, and this is where the movie tackles some of its more serious issues. Blanc has a new wife with the baby on the way which pushes Laurent into even greater alienation. Laurent, meanwhile, is beginning a new relationship that she seems destined to ruin like all of her other short term commitments. Moments in "The Day I Saw Your Heart" are genuinely moving, some are quite funny, but other push too far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Film April 13, 2013
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The Day I Saw Your Heart is what is right and wonderful about independent film. This is a warm beautiful and funny film. I didn't want this film to end.

Everybody in this film is a little bit crazy, some more than others. Dad, Eli Dhrey, is the craziest but yet the one that loves everybody the most. At one point in the film Eli is talking with a doctor and says, if he was a doctor, he would call himself Dr. Dre. This is funny on so many levels; none of the least is that his last name in French is pronounced Dray, just like the good rap doctor. The film is full of non-sequiturs, people doing incredibly unexpected things. It is hard to imagine that a film in French with English subtitles would translate into a good dozen very funny jokes. The film is genuinely funny up until the day Justine sees the heart. This is always a delicate point in a film, the conflict is built and then the film changes direction to resolve the conflict. The director did an amazing job making that transition quickly and brings the film to a perfect close without an awkward moment.

Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) plays Justine. She is bohemian gorgeous in all the right ways, nothing like her role in the Tarantino film. Her father, Eli is played by Michel Blanc (a French character actor with a long history of fine films and television - Monsieur Hire, Ready To Wear, and Uranus). These two have an amazing chemistry. The rest of the cast is perfection. From Cecilia her loud partying friend, to her sister, and handsome boy friends. This was a cast that worked together perfectly.

The film was carefully constructed. The film opens in a Starbucks with a recurring theme of coffee through the first half of the film. The connections are there, done in a simple barely visible way.
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