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Sex, Love & Therapy (Tu veux ou tu veux pas) - Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review

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Sex, Love & Therapy (Tu veux ou tu veux pas) is an edgy but sweet rom-com starring France's eternal sweetheart Sophie Marceau and one of France's biggest stars - singer and actor Patrick Bruel.

The original title 'Tu veux ou tu veux pas' refers to the classic Brigitte Bardot song which translates to 'Do you want it or don't you?'.

This is the crucial question that brings Lambert (Bruel), a recovering sex addict and Judith (Marceau), a woman who uses her unbridled sexuality to get what she wants together.

Now approaching middle-age, Lambert, a disgraced former pilot, is desperately trying to redeem himself by working as a marriage counsellor. When he looks for an assistant, he meets the shambolic and highly-strung Judith, who clearly has no qualification for the position. Lambert however takes her on, believing that if he can resist her obvious charms, he truly is on the road to recovery.

Being a rom-com, the audiences knows how it is going to end, but along the way there are a few twists and turns.

The film is highlighted with great cameos including Sylvie Vartan as Lambert's mother, who pines for romance in her later years and Jean-Pierre Marielle as himself in a well-written scene that recalls Woody Allen's cameo in Paris-Manhattan.

However despite the risqué set-up and great cast, Tonie Marshal's script is somewhat simplistic and predictable and there are some awfully crude jokes which seem misplaced (which is probably explains why the film is titled 'The Missionaries' in the US).

In the end, whilst it is enjoyable, Sex, Love & Therapy feels a little underwhelming and the film falls flat with a rushed conclusion.

Nevertheless if you're a fan of Marceau or Bruel it's certainly worth a watch as the duo make the most of their underwritten characters.

Sex, Love & Therapy is screening exclusively at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival - click here for session details.

Images appear courtesy of Madman Entertainment.

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