Not Here to Be Loved (Je Ne Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime)
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Not Here to Be Loved (Je Ne Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime)
A weary "hussier de justice" whose job it is to deliver the paperwork preceding eviction and seizure of property forges a warm but tenuous relationship with a doubtful bride-to-be in director Stephane Brize's melancholy slice of life drama. Jean-Claude is a dreary soul who inherited the thankless family business from his prickly, widowed father. Every Sunday the devoted son dutifully visits his elderly father in the nearby rest home, where the old man passes his time by heckling his put upon caretakers, and one day Jean-Claude notices a dance studio directly across from his drab… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A very impressive debut and one of the best French films of the year."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Although the prevailing mood is melancholic, there's also a welcome vein of dry humour at work here"
‑ Tom Dawson,
"The only film worth seeing this week is Not Here To Be Loved, a modest French comedy that has more expressive subtlety and romance in it than Soderbergh and co will ever manage, even unto Ocean's Umpteen."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"This tale of unlikely love is an equally unlikely charmer."
‑ , Total Film
"The small scale of this melancholic romantic comedy is offset by its big themes. Bleak, well observed and dryly funny."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Cross-generational borderline friendships are all the rage this Winter, but Venus this ain't."
‑ Helen OHara, Empire Magazine