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WOULD I LIE TO YOU AGAIN

SYNOPSIS:
Business is tough in the garment district of Paris, and Eddie (Richard Anconina), Dov (Gad Elmaleh) and Ivan (Bruno Solo) realise they’ll have to try a new tack if they’re to stay in business. They find themselves in hot water when a discount chain uses less then ethical means to put them behind the eight ball. Meanwhile, while his cigar-chomping, wealthy cousin Patrick (Gilbert Melki) is away, Serge (José Garcia) moves into Patrick’s swish apartment and adopts his champagne lifestyle, and meets and falls in love with Chocana (Elisa Tovati), the daughter of a wealthy family. But things go very wrong – at the office and at home…

Review by Louise Keller:
A rollicking comedy of errors, Would I Lie To You Again is one of those lively, amusing comedies the French make so well. Funnier than the original, the script simply flows with witty dialogue, while the craziest bizarre situations seem to evolve at every turn. Take the family dinner, before which both families warn each other that the respective fathers are delusional, and to go along with everything that is said. Of course, this prompts a scene in which everyone is agreeing with the most ridiculous statements and assumptions. The characters are beautifully developed, with irrepressible Jose Garcia stealing much of the film as Serge, the poser, liar, con-artist and womaniser who delights in impressing by flashing his cousin Patrick’s money and Rolls Royce. The friendship between the three main characters is the pivot for the storyline, with Serge as the lovable wildcard. The antics become more and more hilarious, with superb comic timing. The humour comes from real life situations that are propelled into the ridiculous. Of course, it’s funny because we’re watching others painfully going through situations that we can all relate to. Misadventures in the rag trade develop into a scam to remember, and the pay off delivers with delectable finesse. From its eye-catching opening credits with shades of 007 to the satisfying conclusion where all the threads (pun intended) come together, this is a most enjoyable romp that you will remember with a smile.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A sequel that develops its characters and relies on them?! Mon dieu. How French. You don’t have a point-by-point guide to the humour, and if you’re new to European films you might find this disconcerting– it often seems like drama. And then it shifts into farce. Well, the French do it different. For starters, the opening credits spoof the Bond films, which set us off on a wild goose chase – cinematically speaking. Then there is the suddden shift of tone into naturalism. What is this? But great characterisations and a snappy plot make WILTYA a zingy outing, with some fast and furious dialogue, enormous energy from director Thomas Gilou, and a superb, well chosen cast. There are a hundred characteristics in a face – and how it looks. Gilou uses them all. The story itself is strong enough to carry a drama, with its darts aimed at the nature of shonky business practice, greed and ego. If that seems close to the bone, that’s why it works. The comedy itself relies on painfully accurate character studies, which is why the film seems almost ready for a drama label – until it shifts into overdrive behind the wheel of a RR. Good fun, with more to it than its surface humour, this is as satisfying as a story as it is as funny as a a slice of life.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

WOULD I LIE TO YOU AGAIN (M15+)
(France)

Vérité si je mens! 2, La

CAST: Richard Anconina, José Garcia, Bruno Solo, Gad Elmaleh, Gilbert Melki, Aure Atika, Amira Casar, Elisa Tovati

PRODUCER: Aïssa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa, Manuel Munz

DIRECTOR: Thomas Gilou

SCRIPT: Gérard Bitton, Michel Munz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert Alazraki

EDITOR: Nicole Saunier

MUSIC: D.J. Abdel, Hervé Rakotofiringa

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Olivier Raoux

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Eclectic Releasing

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 30, 2003 (Sydney, Melbourne; other states to follow)







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