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Not Here to Be Loved

Not Here to Be Loved

cast: Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, Georges Wilson

year: 2005

colour: yes


director: Stéphane Brizé

runtime: 93

Jean-Claude is a world weary older man whose days are spent in the thankless job of 'hussier de justice', delivering paperwork to people facing eviction or seizure of their possessions. He took over the business from his father, a brusque fault finding widower who tries the patience of the care workers in the rest home where his son dutifully visits him each Sunday. Across the street from Jean-Claude's office is a dance studio, and he decides to shake himself out of his drear, stultifying rut by enrolling for tango lessons. There he is approached by a woman who tells him that his mother was her babysitter when she was a child. She is learning to dance in preparation for her wedding, but both she and Jean-Claude seem to share a longing for something more in their lives. A tentative bond develops, but each is justifiably cautious. Patrick Chesnais and Anne Consigny bring subtlety and depth to their roles, making their hesitant steps on and off the dance floor really ring true. How pleasing it is to see an intelligent grown-up romance that has genuine heart.


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