When the perfect plan is the one you weren't planning on
Do you prefer intelligent foreign language films over your typical Hollywood rom-coms? If so, you won't find anything like that in Fly Me to the Moon, a new film by director Pascal Chaumeil and starring Diane Kruger and Dany Boon.
Fly Me to the Moon with Diane Kruger and Dany Boon
Titled Un Plan Parfait in French (which means "a perfect plan"), the story centres around Isabelle (Kruger), a relatively happy and comfortable woman whose lovely boyfriend has just proposed to her. But like all Hollywood rom-coms (based in Paris), this is just the beginning of the story. Because Isabelle is facing her family curse which she must break in order to be married. The curse? Every first marriage in her family has ended in divorce. Isabelle's plan? Marry a total stranger, divorce him straight away and then move on to the real happily ever after with her actual fiancé. Enter Jean-Yves (Boon), the loveable larrikin who should just be Isabelle's first husband, the one she can divorce and be done with. But despite herself, Isabelle might just be falling ever so slightly for her first husband after all ...
OK, it's pretty formulaic and if this were a Hollywood film, it would star Kate Hudson and someone nice-looking in the Jean-Yves character, and her parents would be played by Diane Keaton and Steve Martin and the story would be set in wherever it was that Father of the Bride was set. But something about everyone speaking in French (yet another reason to envy German-born Kruger. French-speaking and a favourite amongst fashion designers? Gimme a break!), and the storyline moving from Paris to Kenya to Moscow just had my attention the whole way through the movie.
There were some ho-hum scenes but not very many, and not enough to completely turn me off. There is a pretty funny scene with Jean-Yves in the dentist's chair that is reminiscent of the scene from Hitch when Will Smith develops food allergies, which had me chuckling for a bit, and the final scene at the end of the film really was pretty nice (Kruger dances - is there nothing this woman cannot do?), but Fly Me to the Moon is not here to push the envelope. Don't expect the Dany Boon from Micmacs (which, along with Amelie, are two great French films to watch), and don't think you're getting the Diane Kruger from Inglourious Basterds. You are merely getting a romantic comedy that is pleasant enough to sit through with your friends, your date, or if you ever need the reminder that a life lived without passion is not much of a life at all (see, I took something from this movie).
And like all great romantic comedies, the feature song will stay with you long after the closing credits and blooper reel end (yep, there's a blooper reel here too). And like the great Australian romantic comedy Strictly Ballroom, this movie had Love is in the Air to drive the moral of the story home.
Diane Kruger in "Fly Me to the Moon"
Fly Me to the Moon opens in cinemas nationally from October 31st. Rated M. Language: French with English subtitles