Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (...And They Lived Happily Ever After)
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Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (...And They Lived Happily Ever After)
Writer, director, and actor Yvan Attal takes another look at the ups and downs of love and monogamy in this biting romantic comedy. Vincent (Yvan Attal), Fred (Alain Cohen), and Georges (Alain Chabat) are three Parisian men in their early forties who are coming to the unfortunate realization that their love lives are not what they dreamed of in their youth. Vincent is married to Gabrielle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and while there's still some spark left in their marriage, it usually appears only after an argument. Vincent is having a furtive affair with a beautiful woman (Angie David), while… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is an affair to forget."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Whatever points screenwriter/director Attal is trying to make about relationship envy get lost as the marital conflicts become more contrived and shrill."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The story in the French Happily Ever After is about as exciting as that bland, mistranslated title. But the filmmaking? Very exciting."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Gets bogged down in midlife-crisis cliches."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Happily Ever After is never as insightful or as funny as Woody at his best. But the film has a fine-tuned approach to human behavior."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Attal taps into that unexpectedness -- the inability of just one person to captain the course of a relationship no matter how hard they try -- and he plays it for all it's worth."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Attal doesn't illuminate Vincent's motives for straying, and unwisely suggests Vincent's philandering and Gabrielle's daydreaming are somehow morally equivalent."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A sour, grating comedy-drama about fidelity and infidelity among the Parisian bourgeoisie...certainly won't send you home with a smile on your face."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Attal knows that no matter how adult we feel when we say, 'I do,' marriage is all child's play: jealousy, lies and pure, unconditional love. Perplexing, but not a bad option."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"A meditation on the joys and frustrations of monogamy that manages to be a diverting and funny character study at least most of the time."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"There are a few quality moments, but this fairy tale is far from enchanting."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"In a world filled with empty lust and marital discord, Yvan Attal's wistful comedy is about a guy who loves his wife."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Attal is creative in crafting cinematic mood, using focus and camera movements to subtly but deftly enhance and even anticipate emotions."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire

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