3 IS A CROWD: DVD
Marie-Dominique (Sophie Marceau) and Bertrand (Vincent Perez) have been married for 15 years. They have a young son (Sasha Alliel), a lovely home and seemingly a blissful marriage. But Marie-Do has reached the end of her tether, sick of her engineer husband's obsession with cycling and selfish, self-centred ways. She finds unexpected support when she meets script writer Antoine (Charles Berling) and they begin a passionate affair. Marie-Do decides to end her marriage with Bertrand and start afresh with Antoine, but Bertrand refuses to leave their apartment.
Review by Louise Keller:
A love triangle with a different slant, 3 is a Crowd has plenty to recommend it with its original screenplay and irresistible leading lady. From doormat wife to liberated woman, Sophie Marceau's Marie-Do takes us on a compelling journey in which she tells her cheating, insufferable husband Bertrand (Vincent Perez) to get lost and begins a relationship with Charles Berling's lonely script writer, Antoine. The script is smart in that the premise is well set up, so once we understand the characters, we are more than willing to believe anything that comes along. It's as though the three central characters are thrown into a cocktail shaker, with funny, unexpected and occasionally frothy results.
In the first 20 minutes, we get a clear picture of what life has in store for Marie-Do and Bertrand. She is the perfect wife who panders to his every whim, regularly driving the car slowly behind his cycle and packs his favourite sandwiches lunches, massages and nurses him if he takes a fall. In return he is rude and inconsiderate, plays Jacques Brel songs at high volume, treats her like a servant and has casual affairs with airhostesses on his twice monthly trips to Rio. When Marie-Do first meets Antoine, having an affair is the last thing on her mind. But the laid-back script writer makes an impact immediately. We can see the surprise in her eyes when Antoine suggests he accompany her when she goes shopping for a new dress to wear at Bertrand's boss's birthday party. And there is sheer astonishment in Bertrand's eyes when he sees his wife at the party, the centre of attention, wearing a striking, see-through red evening gown with a bold slit up the side and a frivolously-cut scooped neckline. 'It's a slut's dress,' he tells her.
We lick our lips in anticipation in the scene when Marie-Do dumps Bertrand - it is set up for maximum effect. There's another hilarious moment when three pairs of feet end up in the same bed and Bertrand starts caressing Antoine. A body is tugged in all directions and there's a tussle involving a hairdryer. Music, meanwhile is effectively used throughout as part of the narrative, and as Antoine refuses to move out of the apartment, they discover that three does not necessarily make a crowd. After unexpected situations and plot twists, the ending comes as a happy surprise.
Published October 9, 2008
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3 IS A CROWD: DVD (M)
VOICES: Sophie Marceau, Vincent Perez, Charles Berling, Pascale Roberts, François Perrot
PRODUCER: Alain Terzian
DIRECTOR: Diane Kurys
SCRIPT: Florence Quentin
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert Alazraki
EDITOR: Francine Sandberg
MUSIC: Paolo Buonvino
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tony Egry
RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Madman Propaganda
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman
DVD RELEASE: September 10, 2008
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