Love is in the Air
A fluffy French twist on a typical high concept Hollywood romantic comedy
True romance is marked by missed opportunities and second chances in Love is in the Air, a slick, fluffy French confection that slides down as easily as an extra helping of tarte tatin accompanied by a dollop of creme chantilly. It is a very French twist on a typical high concept Hollywood romantic comedy, not surprising when one of the hands in the screenplay is American actor/writer Vincent Angell.
Artist Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) is days away from her wedding when she catches a homeward bound flight from New York to Paris. By an amazing coincidence, the man seated next to her is Antoine (Nicolas Bedos), the womanising cad who broke her heart three years earlier. It's going to be a bumpy flight. Fanciful boasts of career success and romantic contentment conceal the hurt on both sides. As the champagne flows and the turbulence hits, there are countless flashbacks to the way they were and how it all went so horribly wrong. His wandering eye and her fierce jealousy top the list of problems in a film that balances some magical moments (an evening jaunt to the Eiffel Tower) with some disconcerting crudity, mostly courtesy of Antoine's desperately horny, endlessly crass best friend Hugo (Jonathan Cohen).
The confinement on a trans-Atlantic flight lends a theatrical quality to a film that rests a little too easily on the genre staples of wisecracking best friends and a greek chorus of commentators among the fellow passengers. Not exactly Richard Curtis then but marginally more palatable than some of the not entirely dissimilar American fare that we are more traditionally served. The smoochy soundtrack (Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson etc) and the personable stars help to make it painless Valentine's Day fare even if the central characters are not the most endearing of couples.
Limited release from Fri 14 Feb.