"You Can’t Hide Your Lying Eyes"
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These absurd situations are quite hilarious. What is also good about this movie is the way in which it clearly shows how lies, even seemingly harmless ones, and suspicion can lead to terrible consequences. AN AMAZING COUPLE would be a good introduction to the pleasures of French comedies, but it includes some foul language, including several strong profanities.
(B, LL, V, S, A, D, M) Moral worldview showing the possible bad consequences of white lies and suspicion, especially in married life, told in a comical tone; six obscenities and five strong profanities; some slapstick and other violence, such as man hammers his own car to fulfill a lie he told his wife about a car accident, policeman roughs up one man, and woman slaps her daughter; married man tries to disrupt another marriage when he falls for the other man’s wife and married couple think each other is having an affair; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, jealousy, covering up lies, suspicion, and hypochondria.
TRILOGY 2: AN AMAZING COUPLE is the second part of a French trilogy which uses the same characters in three different stories in order to explore the conventions of three different genres: thrillers, comedies, and melodramas. The comedy, AN AMAZING COUPLE, is much more entertaining than the first part, a ponderous thriller. Fortunately, the second story stands alone, so viewers don’t have to sit through the first movie to enjoy the second one, even though characters from the first movie play a role in the middle story.
AN AMAZING COUPLE opens with a misunderstanding. Alain, a real estate lawyer, is having a minor operation which, despite his doctor’s assurances, leaves him with an intense fear of dying. Alain decides not to tell his wife, Cecile, about the operation. When he shows up late to a surprise birthday party, he lies to her about where he was. Because of his unconvincing lies, his wife suspects that he’s having an affair. She asks her friend’s husband, a policeman, to follow Alain, but the policeman falls in love with Cecile and tries to make Alain think that he and Cecile are having an affair. Alain, however, begins to think that the policeman, Cecile, and his doctor are all trying to kill him.
These absurd situations are quite hilarious, though in a subtle, foreign manner rather than the broad style in which Hollywood studios tend to film such stories. What is also good about this movie is the way in which it clearly shows how lies, even seemingly harmless ones, and suspicion can lead to terrible consequences. At the end of the story, however, it is doubtful whether Alain has learned this important moral lesson. Perhaps he doesn’t deserve the beautiful Cecile after all.
AN AMAZING COUPLE would be a good introduction to the pleasures of French comedies, but it does include some foul language, including several strong profanities.