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They say that French is the language of love, so it's not surprising that there are a lot of French romantic films. Many are in the comedy genre, although these are generally very different from the more usual Hollywood Rom-Coms. Others are much more serious, dealing with the sometimes harsh realities of life.
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  • Amour

    Amour

  • L'Hermine

    L'Hermine

  • 20 ans d'écart

    20 ans d'écart

  • L'Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)

    L'Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)

  • Gemma Bovery

    Gemma Bovery

  • Grand Central

    Grand Central

  • Mon Roi

    Mon Roi

  • Souvenir

    Souvenir

  • Pause

    Pause

  • La Belle Époque

    La Belle Époque

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

  • 3 Coeurs

    3 Coeurs

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Sami is a laid-back musician who sleeps in his car and teams up with Fernand, an elderly guitarist who is a bit too fond of a drink. But the two of them make good music. Julia is an attractive lawyer and when her car runs out of fuel on the way to a party, Sami happens to be there. He gives her a lift and joins her at the party, after which they become an 'item'.

All is going swimmingly until Julia starts to become a bit tired of Sami's laid-back habits, coinciding with her boss taking an interest in her. When the boss and some friends are invited to dinner, Sami doesn't endear himself to her by previously sharing the quality wine she has bought with Fernand. Meanwhile, at the dinner Sami is looked on with some disdain by Julia's guests. After this Julia insists that they take a 'pause'.

Sami senses he is losing Julia but Fernand has plenty of advice on the ways of women. Unfortunately much of it just makes matters worse. When it becomes clear that Julia is now in a relationship with her boss Sami is heartbroken and refuses to accept it, continually trying to woo her back. He almost succeeds, but an indiscretion on a drug-fuelled evening (led astray by a 'friend'), captured in a photograph, torpedoes his efforts.

All seems lost but he has a song in his mind that could save the day, if only he could serenade her with it. Although up to this point Fernand has been more of a hindrance than help, he has one more trick up his sleeve. Quite a surprising one as it turns out.

This is a French language Swiss film that was short-listed as Switzerland's entry as Best Foreign Language film for the 88th Academy Awards. Baptiste Gilliéron plays Sami with Julia Faure as Julia. The soundtrack enhances this enjoyable romance.

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