Romantic comedy...really?


This is labelled as a romantic comedy but I am struggling to see why. I really love this film, but there is nothing remotely funny about it, apart from when Alexandre does his 'Mrs Don't Hang Up' impression.

To me, it just feels like a 'slice of life' film that brilliantly captures life in a new towns like Cergy-Pointoise. You can really feel the loneliness of some of the characters (particularly Blanche) trying to make do on their own in a place that has no history and is trying to establish itself.

If anything, the situation and what the characters do to each other is far from funny. In real life (yes I know this is only a movie), this sort of situation usually destroys friendships.

Please do not reply to this thread with abusive messages. I am just interested to see if others would put this into the romantic comedy genre or somewhere else?

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I agree with you. Drama - yes. Comedy - no. It does indeed have a tangible sense of time and place and that slightly other-worldly location which is fascinating in itself.
I loved it too. I though it one of the most charming of Rohmer's films and similar to Conte d'été in having a very appealing female lead character, brilliantly acted.

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No, you are right. Such are the perils of trying to use one of the limited numbers of standard categories to describe an indie film like this. After all, it is too light-hearted to be called simply a "drama", no?

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Absolutely true. A lot of the conversations are light hearted and too 'every day' to make this a solid drama.

Indie films need more categories!

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What would you nominate as a category for this one?

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A category about real life dilemma? Maybe 'Exploration of Real-life Dilemma'?
Or 'Slice of Life Dilemma'?

It's so awkward to categorise! Any other ideas? There's gotta be some better ideas out there - mine are a bit rubbish.

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I was hoping you could think of something.

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Well, how about a Comedy-Proverb?

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The films builds it's ridiculous circumstances until the two main characters are fighting over different men. Of course, it's a comedy. It's just a Rohmer comedy. Rohmer's comedies may be a little subtle, but they can be hilarious (Summer's Tale and Claire's Knee comes to mind.) It wasn't always laugh out loud, but I was cracking up at the end so speak for yourself.

Besides, this film is also a comedy in the oldest of sense: a story that ends happily. Rohmer was a sucker for old story types... Just look at The Romance of Astrea and Celadon.

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It's a comedy in the classical sense that all turns out happily in the end, despite the flux of circumstances (ie. the taboo of dating one's friend's current or former lover) seeming to conspire toward disaster. Just about every Rohmer "comedy" I've seen develops suspense along these lines and resolves itself through the wonderfully subtle, even breathtaking, insights of his characters.

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