Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Published June 9th 2013
Sacha meets Charlotte
Sacha Keller, played by Gad Elmaleh, is a bit of a late night party boy who has past his prime. He plays the piano, makes money by selling jingles for commercials and parties with girls half his age.
His friends can't believe it when he meets someone he finds incredibly beautiful. They laugh as he describes a woman almost in his age group and he tries to explain his attraction to someone other than a twenty year old party girl.
The attraction at this point appears genuine, the passion or lust fun, until a beautiful home is found to have three extra inhabitants. Three children from this beautiful woman's previous marriage.
Then there is more than one ex-husband. Sasha doesn't know it yet, but one of these husbands is a powerful man who can pretty much buy and sell the whole town.
It is when Sasha first discovers this that things seem seedy. He seems more smitten by Charlotte and her brood when he thinks he has the chance to bed a rich man's property, as if he slinks back into her life to find out what it is like.
He looses me here. The relationship rekindles and then disintegrates until, some may say, love wins over all obstacles.
The cost of this flick was 15 million Euro. The music, the scenery, the smiles and laughter win out over the darker side of the story. In a lovely home, the intelligent, well loved, well fed and well clothed children Suzie, Louis, and Leonard (of the rich Alain Porsche) live, laugh and grow up around all of this.
In between this are some fun scenes including happy family scenes and funny scenes where the musician takes care of the children.
I am unsure if I have a sceptical eye. I hope that real happiness does exist for these two, as there are not just two adults involved in this, but three children and two ex-husbands.
Gad Elmaleh as Sasha, Sophie Marceau as Charlotte, Maurice Barthélémy as Laurent Helewa, and François Berléand plays the wealthy and influential Alain Porsche.