De vrais mensonges (2010) would unfortunately appear to be ‘another French movie’ of a style that seems painfully familiar.
In a hopeless effort to save her mother (Nathalie Baye) from depression and loneliness, Emilie (Audrey Tautou) sends her a letter that she herself has received from a secret admirer. As things get complicated and the ‘lover from afar’ proves to be one of Emilie’s employees, Jean (Sami Bouajilla), we are quickly involved in an emotional-yet-childishly-innocent triangle, all because of ‘good intentions’.
Tautou’s and Bouajilla’s characters raise the movie to a higher level, but the characters are simply constructed and one is left expecting the action to expand at any moment, but it just doesn’t.
While there are some funny moments, and you can still enjoy Tautou’s addictively innocent smile, writer-director Pierre Salvadori’s (Hors de prix (2006) film is still just too French and too soapy and it ends in such a humdrum way…almost like a soap opera. A French one.
105 mins. In French.