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A nice Change of romcom pace

PUBLISHED: 14:18 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 17:10 16 August 2010

LIKE a self-conscious teenager on a first date, writer/director/actor Emmanuel Mouret s partly successful attempt to introduce a touch of Gallic flair to the romcom blueprint suffers from trying a touch too hard to be charming and funny. Lovelorn musicia

LIKE a self-conscious teenager on a first date, writer/director/actor Emmanuel Mouret's partly successful attempt to introduce a touch of Gallic flair to the romcom blueprint suffers from trying a touch too hard to be charming and funny.

Lovelorn musician David (Mouret) is new to Paris and looking for a place to stay. He is approached on the street by a blithe blonde-haired stranger named Anne (Frederique Bel) who invites him to view a room that she says her friend is looking to rent out. It turns out the flat is really hers and David likes what he sees and moves in. The two seem to share a of chemistry, and while it appears Anne is interested in being more than just friends, she makes it clear she is seeing someone.

Things start to get complicated when David falls for the shy and distant Julia (Fanny Valette), whom he has started to tutor. After telling Anne about his feelings for his student the two flatmates end up sleeping together, only to apologise in the morning. Anne then offers to help David woo Julia all the while becoming increasingly obsessed with a customer who regularly frequents her copyshop. Things get very messy indeed when Julia takes a shine to Julien (Dany Brilliant), a good Samaritan she meets while on a trip to the seaside with David, and - surprise, surprise - there it all leads to a change of address.

The film sidesteps many of the overused Hollywood romcom conventions and manages to breath some new life into an a genre increasingly devoid of invention.

While the characters are essentially caricatures, the performances are well pitched and the actors work well together. Frederique Bel is especially noteworthy as the dynamic, loquacious Anne.

While unlikely to make any top 10 lists, Change of Address is light-hearted and breezy and delivers enough laughs to make it worth the price of admission.

JASON GOODYER

* Change of Address opens in cinemas on April 15.

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