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The Man of My Life


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Frederic, his wife Frederique, and their entire clan are spending another summer in their family house deep in the verdant Provençale countryside. A solitary gay man, Hugo, has moved in next door. After a convivial dinner, Frederic and Hugo stay up on the terrace until dawn, exchanging their radically different visions of love. Entirely unaware of their exchange, Frederique nonetheless notices a distance opening up between her and her husband, and a powerful bond developing between Frédéric and Hugo a bond which grows stronger daily.

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  • Actors: Bernard Campan, Charles Berling, Léa Drucker, Niels Lexcellent
  • Directors: Zabou Breitman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMEAPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man of My Life" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

It is very well acted, and beautifully filmed.
chromo_man
Then there's the confusion of trying to understand which actor is speaking what lines when the director filmed the conversation from way too far away.
MovieBuffDan
I am not one of those people; my life can be significant and beautiful without tragedy or suspense...
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Queer North Cineaste on January 22, 2008
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I loved this movie. The best gay themed film I've seen in years, and probably one of the better movies I've seen in general, in the last few years. The slow reveal of the main character's desire is brilliant. The axis that the whole movie turns on, and Bernard Campan carries the weight of the film admirably. With a story that is simultaneously tender and tortured in each scene, the director Zabou Breitman shows a deft hand in balancing the evolution of the three main characters. When the husband, the wife and the openly gay neighbour who arrives next door one summer, grow closer as the summer progresses everyone's charms are revealed in unexpected ways. The climax of the film was startling in its realistic portrayal of what would likely happen and the devastation it causes. Charles Berling is amazing in what starts out as a hard edged role that is softened by the end, to reveal layers of character that are unexpected. Truly a beautiful film to watch and a heartbraking story as it unfolds, from every angle.

Three cheers,

Joe
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on June 27, 2009
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Set in the stunningly beautiful Provencal region of France, "The Man of My life" looks at how both passion and responsibility play an equally crucial role in defining who we are and how we love.

Frederic (Bernard Campan) and Frederique (Lea Drucker) are a happily married couple who enjoy entertaining large groups of people at the country home where they vacation. One day, Frederic invites their next door neighbor, a single gay man by the name of Hugo (Charles Berling), over for a get-together with family and friends. Soon, Frederic and Hugo have struck up a friendship largely centered on their mutual addiction to running and their propensity to talk the night away over such weighty matters as love, passion, responsibility, freedom, commitment and marriage. Hugo tries to convince Frederic that his role as dutiful husband and father has robbed him of his individuality and earlier lust for life, while Hugo, spurned by his father at a young age, comes to his own understanding of the importance of family by the end. There's an obvious sexual attraction between the two men, but the movie goes far beyond the typical coming-out drama to explore romantic passion in all its myriad complexities and forms.

Frederic is torn between the desire to continue loving the wife who so obviously loves him and who has provided a stable home for him and their children - and this new found feeling for Hugo that he can, in no way, shape or form, even begin to understand. The movie never feels the need to judge any of the characters; it presents them simply as well-meaning but flawed human beings who struggle on a daily basis, as all of us do, with an array of emotions, needs and desires that continually come into conflict with one another.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Altec on February 13, 2008
Format: DVD
I enjoyed watching this movie from start to finish. It's so entertaining that you dare not blink! It offers great cinematography; the plot flows smoothly, and the cast brings each character to life with vivid portrayals. There's suspense, sexuality, comedy, and hardy emotion. And, most importantly, there are no gimmicky wrap-ups. What more could you ask for in an excellent movie!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marioh Carey on January 31, 2009
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This is not a gay movie. This is an enjoyable piece of art, which can be watched by both gay and straight people. The problem of Fred about finding his sexual identity should not be restrained to a gay audience. The beautiful cinematography, the perfect captivation of symbolic moments and finally the amazing and serious performances of the main characters (specially Fred's wife), make this film an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By JUST A REVIEWER2 on June 2, 2008
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...........or: "FRED DISCOVERS HE'S BEEN MISSING SOMETHING" (alternate title for this review).

((Here is my approach to obtaining/viewing/reviewing Gay tales in film form. Simply, it's seeking the holy grail of that genre, or looking for the "Addictive Film"---that movie one returns to time and again). Selection/purchase is based mainly on finding new releases by favorite directors/screenwriters and/or your comments/reviews at major online film sales or review sites. Sometimes I feel correctly steered by you (the "Keepers" filling my DVD shelves), other times mislead, occasionally badly (the "Throwaways"----and I do toss 'em). Rarely, I come across the "Addictive," those watchable every couple of months or so (see below starred *** area for a list......and some "near-Addictive" as well). For some movies, I'll share a review with you, as follows. Thanks for sticking with me so far.))

This is a love story.........a falling-in-love story. Yes, it's a love story, pure and simp.... Oh, wait, maybe it's not so simple after all. Why? Well, just think how shattering it must be to have spent the majority of your adult life in a happy and loving heterosexual marriage.......only to have another ordinary day come along, one in which you unexpectedly meet a someone of the same sex........and you suddenly face the beginnings of a new love. That's what this film is about, and the DVD back cover description of the story also lays it out for us in a nutshell:

{"While on holiday at his family's home in Provence, Frederic's seemingly perfect family life is disrupted when he meets his neighbor, a graphic artist named Hugo.
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