R, 108 minutes

2019 | Olivier Assayas | France | French | 108 min | R

Alain is in his 40s and runs a famous publishing house which publishes novels by his friend Léonard, a bohemian writer. Alain’s wife, Selena, is the star of a popular TV series and Léonard’s companion, Valérie, is the devoted assistant of a political figure. Although they are longtime friends, Alain is about to turn down Léonard’s new manuscript, complicating the relationship between the two couples.

“This is a sexy, fun film filled with a lot of zingers, but it also feels a little less personal than many of Assayas’ movies, perhaps in part because it’s not stuffed to the gills with songs he loves. (Not to say that tunes are entirely absent—the movie ends with a particularly apt one, and there’s a same-sex love scene that features Heinz’s immortal “Just Like Eddie” playing in the background.) The final minutes mix what-fool-we-mortals-be wryness with sunlit contentment. The movie is such a gabfest that when it winds down to just let a couple of its characters look at each other fondly, it’s an epiphany.” Glenn Kenny,

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