The Man of my Life (L'homme de sa vie)
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The Man of my Life (L'homme de sa vie)
The family that centres the story is typically middle-class, but just happens to be well-adjusted and happy. Frederic is deeply in love with his wife, Frederique, and they have a jolly, rambunctious child. There are no clouds on their horizon. Long hours are spent soaking up the sun, swimming in nearby rivers and enjoying wine and food on terraces. One day Hugo, a new neighbor, appears. He is invited for dinner; one thing leads to another and conversation soon reveals that Hugo is gay. So begins a finely inscribed depiction of a growing friendship between two men: one is happily married,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Man of My Life has a hard time working up much beyond its visual prettiness."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A sumptuously illustrated but shallow fable of the grass-is-greener conflict between freedom and commitment."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Ultimately, there aren't any pointed conclusions about the meaning of life here other than the rather obvious one that under the still waters of an idyllic Provencal river, the currents run deep"
‑ Don Willmott,
"The film, a purported examination of male sexuality, was directed and written by women, and thus all we get is two super-sensitive men stroking each others' emotional baggage instead of licking each others' *****."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Despite good acting and intriguing theme, attraction of married hetero to his gay neighbor, the film feels familiar, from its countryside setting to stereotypical treatment of the homosexual; French title, Man of Her Life, is more accurate and ironic, too"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"he film has a loose, easy rhythm befitting its sun-splashed look."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Too much emphasis is placed on wall text that swirls around like the worst Magnetic Poetry."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"The most visually resplendent movie so far this year (photographed by Michel Amathieu), yet it lacks the rich balance of sex and intellect that makes an André Téchiné film great."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"A special, often beautiful and profound film."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Director Zabou Breitman, who co-wrote the screenplay, maintains intrigue by regularly cutting back to scenes from the overnight conversation between Frederic and Hugo, adding new insights to the growing friendship."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"All too often, though, characters bandy about platitudes like they're tennis balls...or shout for no reason."
‑ Abigail Deutsch, Village Voice
"A drama that steadily succumbs to self-conscious artiness, drunk on its own sense of contrived poetry and cloudy existential reflection."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"If the film ultimately amounts to little more than a midlife coming-of-age story, it's richly imagined and filled with fanciful touches that are in keeping with its passionate subject."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It is beautiful, but ultimately empty and a little bit boring."
‑ Pam Grady,
"It is the unique pleasures to be found in The Man of My Life that are what linger."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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