With Heartbreaker, Romain Duris proves again that he is among the best film actors working today. It’s always a good sign of talent when actors shine no matter the genre, and Duris, who wowed in both Christopher Honore’s Dans Paris and Jacques Audiard’s The Beat that My Heart Skipped, is in fine form in this light-hearted romantic comedy. The job of his character Alex is fairly ludicrous; he’s paid to break up couples by any means necessary with the help of his flamboyant sister (Julie Ferrier) and her half-wit husband (François Damiens). Alex’s cynical attitude to love is questioned when he’s employed to stop the impending nuptials of Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) to a seemingly perfect Brit (Andrew Lincoln). The Monte Carlo setting and the moments of espionage sets up the action as a pastiche of James Bond, but the movie that director Pascal Chaumeil really wants to pay homage to is Dirty Dancing. There are several suitably kitsch moments once Juliette reveals that the 1987 classic is her favourite movie. The only real misstep is a side-story, which has Alex owe money to some thugs. Nonetheless, sentimental souls may just have the time of their lives.
Selected release from Fri 2 Jul.