Directed by Laeticia Colombani
Written by Laetitia Colombani Caroline Thivel
Angélique- Audrey Tautou
Dr. Loïc Le Garrec – Samuel Le Bihan.
David – Clement Sibony
Rachel – Isabelle Carre
Release date: 2003
Angélique is a pretty young girl and a successful art student who has just won an important scholarship. She seems so happy and so normal – in between creating her art projects, she has a part-time job at a cafe and house sits for a wealthy vacationing family. An ordinary life? Here comes the first darker fact: she also has an affair with a married man or so she keeps telling to all and sundry. The man in question is a well-to-do cardiologist called Loic Le Garrec, easily a decade older than her. The path of true love never runs smooth. The problem is that sometimes there is no path at all.
Thinking that this will win him back, Angélique goes to see Loïc at his office, arriving just in time to see him being arrested for Sonia Jasmin’s murder, and embracing his wife as he is dragged away. Angélique returns home, turns on the gas and lies down on the floor. At that point the narration goes back in time and we see most of those events presented now from Loïc’s point of view. As you can guess hardly anything remains as it was told by Angélique but saying more would be a huge spoiler.
Tautou could not be better: I am not a big fan of this actress but here, in my humble opinion, she fitted perfectly. She’s infuriating — as well as emotionally present every moment onscreen. The best part is when, because of her great looks and intelligence, hardly anyone believes she might have some serious mental health problems – neither her friend, David, nor her co-worker and best friend, Héloïse, question her credibility when she repeatedly announces how happy she will be with Loïc, how much he loves her, how he is so completely prepared to leave his pregnant wife etc, etc. She is a skilled manipulator with a face of an angel so she gets away with plenty of bigger or smaller lies, a blackmail and even a murder. Who would think such a delicate, pretty girl could be so cruel? You observe with a shiver ( spoiler, highlight to read or skip) how her vaunted affair turns out to be the obsessive fantasy of a stalker barely acquainted with the object of her desire, who just lives in her neighborhood.Where Amélie was a guardian angel for the loners and broken hearts of Montmartre, Tatou’s Angelique is a kind of succubus who ruins people’s life without a second thought. The scariest thing is that she manages to do so from just outside the sphere of perception of pretty much everybody. Such a lovely girl…can she be morally flawed or nasty or vindictive? Nah, impossible she looks so nice….
If you watched ‘The Sixth Sense” the twist in the middle of this movie will be hardly very surprising for you because here it was done in the same way – the movie replays events just from a different perspective. Also I admit there were some boring moments during which I had to stifle a yawn or two and it especially concerns the narration of Loïc. Still the ending was a joy, with some pearls of scenes which definitely made the rest really worthwhile.
After Angelique has tried everything with her perfect but rahter unwilling man: sending him flowers, lionising him in a post-impressionistic portrait and even leaving him twenty seven answer phone messages of ‘their’ song (‘L.O.V.E’ by Frank Sinatra, yay!), she decided to send him the last gift. One which would be the biggest proof that she loves him dearly and they are simply made for each other. What was it? Try to guess the answer (or highlihgt to find out): it was a real pig’s heart, so similar to a human one, pierced by a metal arrow; all wrapped tastefully and put into a pretty pink-violet box. How very romantic, n’est-ce pas? ;p