The Man of My Life
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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.Read more ›
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The director and co-writer of this film simply tried too hard... To come up with visual ecstasy, visual uniqueness, visual balance of forces, visual differentiation... Read morePublished 7 months ago by More than what meets the eye!
A beautiful,imaginative film..fine cast allowing the realities of life to become alive in your imagination.....one of the best ever.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everything mentioned in the other reviews, both the good and the not so good, is true. This is a slow-going artsy film. Read morePublished 19 months ago by chromo_man
The movie unfolds more like a "3D" literary piece of literature. Lots of symbolism that open to the viewer's interpretation. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Otilio Torres
This film attempts to capture in very artful, often pretentious passes, the unexpected and blossoming romance between a heterosexual French married/family man and the nihilistic,... Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by JordanJasper
The end is below average. The acting overall was very powerful. But the change in the wife behavior was not clearly explained.Published on April 13, 2014 by HMY