Julie Depardieu is the daughter of French films star Gerard Depardieu.
Lena and Ariane are sisters. Lena is a talented cello player who meets what could be the love of her life but is currently in a relationship and Ariane, who writes stories for a popular magazine, is in a relationship that’s bound for nowhere. Using their love lives Ariane writes romantic stories for her magazine often time to troubling consequences.
Toi & Moi is not necessarily a great film. Marion Cotillard’s plotline can stand on its own two feet as a metaphor for passion and love while Julie Depardieu and her plotline are simply filler that extends the movie to a suitable run time but lacks any real purpose and draws away from the films theme. Its like her character is a catalyst simply for artistic license as her job as a writer for a magazine that illustrates its stories with pictures is incorporated into the fold of the film for no real reason other then aesthetics.
The story in the film is a stretch. You’ve got an almost purposeless Aunt figure who only wants her nieces to be happy in love and of course the character of Ariane who consumes story with obvious bad decisions, hard to watch slapstick style goofiness, and by the numbers hand held romance that is not allowed to build but rather hit’s a high note suddenly. Cotillard’s romance on the other hand has just a bit of weight. Things move seemingly fast for her and there is never really a build up, character development, or finesse about the way her story evolves but nonetheless by the films end you get it, you understand the meaning of her final scene before the silliness of Ariane’s make believe world comes back in for one last bow.
For a film, any film, I can’t say that I was impressed with this one. Points for a superb job by the captions company that did the subtitles. I don’t know how many times I have watched a film where the subtitles just don’t match up and your left scratching your head and possibly getting lost. Again there is just enough to make the film substance worthy but in the end you feel as if you’ve wasted your time with half of it. Its short at 90 minutes total run time so there isn’t a lot of sacrifice on your part and there are no bonus features so a quick watch won’t kill you but there are other finer quality French Romance films to be seen.