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The Day I Saw Your Heart 2012 PG-13

4.4 out of 5 stars (10) IMDb 6.6/10

In this delightful comedy Justine (Inglourious Basterds' Mélanie Laurent) flits from one boyfriend to the next while her immature father secretly befriends them all.

Starring:
Mélanie Laurent, Michel Blanc
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Jennifer Devoldère
Starring Mélanie Laurent, Michel Blanc
Supporting actors Florence Loiret Caille, Claude Perron, Guillaume Gouix, Sébastien Castro, Géraldine Nakache, Manu Payet, Karina Beuthe, Jean-Yves Roan, Romain Lévy, Alexandre Steiger, Habibur Rahman, Assane Seck, Achille Ndari, Samir de Luca, Luce Mouchel, Gisèle Torterolo, Xavier Goulard, Arnaud Lemort
Studio Film Movement
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Format: DVD
"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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The Day I Saw Your Heart begins slowly and I almost turned it off fifteen minutes in. I'm glad I stayed with it! The core of the story explores the relationship between an indefatigable, quirky, aging father (played to perfection by Michel Blanc) and his tempestuous daughter who blames him for her inability to stay with a man and thus make a life for herself. Closely observed and psychologically astute, The Day I Saw Your Heart rings true as it looks at the distance that can separate people who long for love but are too proud, or too emotionally vulnerable, to seek it. I thought the film was well-written, engagingly acted, and realized admirably by its director who clearly knows how to build a story compellingly by focusing on the nuances in the way people relate as opposed to how they present themselves or wish to be seen by others. Poignant and entertaining, The Day I Saw Your Heart warmed my heart as it may well warm yours.
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I watched this film on a pure whim, having never heard of the director nor any of the actors. At first it seemed like a lightweight comedy and I wasn't much interested. But the people were genuinely funny so I stuck with it. What a surprise as it got better and better and then totally won me over.

Besides the smart and clever script, the actors are wonderful. Michel Blanc, as the 60 year old bad dad will touch your heart. His terribly selfish daughter, Justine, played by the very beautiful and talented Melanie Laurent goes head to head with him -- they are a great father-daughter love/hate team. Even the supporting characters are great; I particularly liked the son-in-law who's thrilled when his refrigerator shows up in the art show. .

Not the least interesting to me is the use of American pop culture--Starbucks, PayPal, EBay, as well as great music. I loved the idea of the x-ray technologist making art from her films. Just to describe the film is not to do it justice. It's wonderfully done and I highly recommend it.
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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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