MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS
Issues of the Heart
Release Date: July 12, 2002
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan
Attal and Terrence Stamp
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classic
Director: Yvan Attal
Executive Producer: Pierre Grunstein
Producer: Claude Berri
Writer: Yvan Attal
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Michael Barker, Tom Bernard & Marcie Bloom
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(HH, Ro, B, LLL, SS, NNN, A, D, M) Humanist worldview with some Romantic elements with emotions ruling and some biblical elements seen in conflict with Jewish/Gentile marriage decisions about circumcision, but much obsession about the Holocaust; at least 26 obscenities and profanities; minor violence involves a punch and a bloody lip; implied and depicted sex, and actors lie in bed during scene for movie; some nudity during sex acts and full female and male nudity in one comical scene; alcohol use and cigarette smoking depicted; and, couple flirts with the idea of adultery and man suffers from intense jealousy.
In MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS, a French sports writer has trouble dealing with his wife’s acting profession, where she must make love to an array of handsome leading men. A plethora of language, sex and nudity mar what could have been an adorable film that explores issues of the heart.
If not for the language and sex excesses, MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS would be a cute, fun movie about the angst of the spouses of famous movie stars. The movie begins with Yvan explaining the statistics of having a wife who’s an actress. He says that there are 10,000 actresses in Paris, and they are all nuts.
Yvan is a 35-year old sports writer who deals in statistics weekly. His family is Jewish, but he and his sister have married Gentiles. His wife, Charlotte, is a well-known French actress who has to do many kissing scenes, and sometimes even love scenes, with her male counterparts. Yvan begins the marriage with an open mind, excited about his wife’s success, but he gradually moves to a place of insane jealousy.
Just when he thinks he’s getting over it, a handsome, older English actor comes upon the scene, and Charlotte is now a bit star-struck with the man. Yvan insists that she is in love with him, but she denies it adamantly. Finally, after his insane jealousy has worn her down, she begins wondering if, indeed, she should leave Yvan.
In the meantime, Yvan decides to try and understand this “Cult of the Seventh Art” that has so besieged his wife, so he enrolls in a theatre acting school. A cute young gal gets a crush on him, and he must decide whether or not to yield to her advances.
Several questions are raised as this movie progresses. Is Yvan’s jealousy justified, and is Charlotte entertaining adulterous thoughts about her co-star? Will Yvan retaliate and have an affair of his own? Or, might there be different desires altogether? Might Charlotte actually want what every person in life wants – star or not – a stable family, full of life and love?
MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS is a clever look into the lives of the families of big stars. How difficult would it be to share a spouse with another movie star and watch them kiss (or more) on the big screen?
Regrettably, to portray this angst, the filmmakers use a good deal of sex, nudity and language. There was even one scene where Charlotte jokingly refused to do a love scene unless the whole crew was willing to undress. The director calls her bluff, and the entire cast and crew surprise Charlotte by filming the scene in the nude. With one or two exceptions, grumpy electricians and cameramen cover their private parts with their tool belts, but otherwise, little was left to the imagination.
MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS also explores the conflict when Jews and Gentiles marry. It contains a subplot about the sister’s new baby, the issue of circumcision and religious upbringing.
The positive point made in the movie was that people are people, and all have the same true desires: to be known and loved and to walk in the stability of a family relationship.
Again, however, due to the sex, nudity and language issues, MOVIEGUIDE® cannot say that the movie is worth the muck and mire through which one must wade to glean its universal truths.
If not for its excesses, MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS would be a cute French movie about the angst of being married to a famous movie star. The movie begins with 35-year-old sports writer Yvan explaining the statistics of having a wife who’s an actress. He says that there are 10,000 actresses in Paris, and they are all nuts. Just when he thinks he’s getting over his jealousy over his wife’s acting career, another handsome actor insinuates himself upon Yvan’s life and marriage to Charlotte, a famous actress who’s become a little star-struck with her leading man. Yvan tries to understand his wife’s profession, so he enrolls in a acting school. A cute young gal gets a crush on him, and he must decide whether or not to yield to her advances while he grows ever more jealous of his wife’s new leading man.
MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS is a clever look into the lives of the families of big stars. Regrettably, however, due to the strength of its sex, foul language and especially nudity, most moral viewers will not think the movie is worth wading through to glean its universal truths