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2015年11月26日 星期四

A Trois, on y va (All About them) (三人行)

A third person in a relationship invariably creates problems. What happens when the third in a relationship is simultaneously in love with the original two? This seems to be the theme explored by director Jérôme Bonnell, in A trois, on y va (literally "Three together, let's go") ("All About them")  (三人行)(2015) directed co-written by him with Maël Piriou. A Trois, on y va is a light comical look at the complicated romantic and at times erotic dilemmas that can result when the three are mixed up in such a complex game of musical chair, given the law of Newtonian physics that a person can only be at one place at any particular point in time.

Mélodie (Anaïs Demoustier), a young budding criminal lawyer working for another shady lawyer in Lille who knew Charlotte (Sophie Verbeeck), a singer at a local cabaret whose job is rather unstable, first as a former client and then as her lesbian lover, decided on the spur of the moment to visit Charlotte after an absence of 4 years, when she discovered to her surprise that she was then cohabiting with Micha,(Félix Moati), a vet, in their newly bought house. They were having dinner after Micha's return from a ecological trip.  She was asked to join them on their meal. She hesitated and then agreed. From then on, things started to get a bit complicated. Although she was still madly in love with Charlotte, she was  attracted to Micha. The feeling was mutual on Micha's part. So she had to meet both Charlotte and Micha in secret, behind the other's back. As she told them that her boss owed her back remuneration for three months, so that she herself was pressed for rent by her own landlord, Charlotte and Micha both suggested that in the meantime, Mélodie was quite welcome to stay with them. She at first declined but when they insisted, she changed her mind. In the night, both Charlotte and Micha separately made excuses to leave their bedroom to meet Mélodie and later when she met Charlotte to make love with her, perhaps to relieve the tension learning from Charlotte in their incessant text messages that Micha would be late for home, Micha suddenly returned with some tables and chairs for the house. Upon this surprise return, Charlotte had to make all kinds of excuses to avoid Micha discovering their relationship. That became an occasion for some  hilarious slapsticks as we witness a series of cat-and-mouse game. There were more such fun when they were attending a party.  But it was obvious that Mélodie could not keep up the constant hide-and- seek forever. When the truth dawned on both Charlotte and Micha, they did a ménage à trois which lasted for a couple of idyllic days before just before and after a friend's wedding at a church close to a beautiful but deserted beach, where all three had enormous fun until the morning, when Charlotte, who was  already on the verge of  separation with Micha before Mélodie entered the game, decided to leave Micha to Mélodie, saying that those were the happiest days of her life because once  Mélodie blundered into their life, some mysterious chemistry had been at work to further distance her from Micha.

The film is a light comedy on a very difficult subject, expertly done by Anaïs Demoustier who manages to look innocent, confused and credible as the love mad budding criminal lawyer Mélodie, winning "the best actress award" at the Cabourg Film Festival 2015 and novice Sophie Verbeeck also won the prize for "first rendezvous" at the same festival. I don't know how many kisses and caresses I saw in this film. But I don't think I would be far wrong if I were to say that they number more than a hundred. It seems the chances of my not being exposed to some kisses and/or caresses between Mélodie and either Charlotte or Micha or between Micha and Charlotte once every 10 minutes or so would be close to zero. I'm quite sure that breathalizer manufactuers would have fought tooth and nail to become  the film's  sponsor had they known about the number of kisses involved in the takes and re-takes of such oral intimacies. Bonnell's film was not short on irony either: Mélodie, whose  own love life was in a mess, was called up to go to police station in the middle of the night in the midst some hot sex to secure bail for a repeat sex offender whom she previously defended!