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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:
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  • 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMEAPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man of My Life" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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Visually, this is one of the most lush and beautiful explorations of the French countryside I've ever seen. It also captures the slow, languishing vacations of the French, the art of luxuriating in the moment that so many of us have long forgotten -- lazing by the river, slow picnics on the grass, strumming the guitar and venturing a tune, the long outdoor dinner table under the trees with guests of all ages, playfulness and compassion between parent and child...gaiety and wonderful exchanges, all-night, deep conversations until dawn. And then there are the relationships, slowly built through layers of sharing -- both pleasure and pain. There's the relationship of a man and his wife, played casually and authentically, between a mother and a jealous rambuctuous young son, complete with his hero cape, and then there is the husband's relationship with another man. The film allows the two men to explore the meaning of relationships and life with one another in long, complex conversations that gradually deepen toward their inward truths. If you're looking for titillation, this isn't for you. It's more about how people share (or don't share) with one another...about the sadnesses, hurts and failure that all relationships portend, but it's also about the laughter and playfulness, and sheer joy and comfort of togetherness. Like the river, slowly flowing onward, so do the relationships. The pure, unhurried luxury of this! Such sheer contrast to the frenzied, neurotic film making of Americans with all the gratuitous sex and shallowness. So happy and enriched to have had this experience.
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