Tuesday, 4 September 2007

C'est La Vie, Mon Cheri (1994)

English title: C'est La Vie, Mon Cheri.
Chinese title: New Love without End.

C'est La Vie, Mon Cheri (1994)There's much to be said about the title.
The English title of the movie is actually French C'est La Vie, Mon Cheri. This is a 2nd romance movie in this list that contains a French title. This French title captures the sentiment of the film well.

To get more info, you need to look at the Chinese title. The literal translation of the Chinese title is New Love Without End. This suggests that it must be a remake of a classic called Love Without End, and it is. The old version received great acclaim, and Lin Dai the big star of her days (1950s and 60s) won a few awards played the female lead. This new one also won a few awards including Best Picture. Actually, there's a remake called New Love Without End made by SB in 1970. So this one should be called New New Love Without End. But they didn't call that for fear that audience would mistaken it for a comedy.

This remake, however, is quite different from the original. It's much more rich and complex.

An Odd Couple may be a better title if it weren't inappropriate for romance. The lovers are polar opposite in temperament, age, attitude towards life, and most important of all, basic principles about arts and musics. The last point is important because they're both professional musicians. One is sulky, pessimistic, stubborn middle aged man; the other is a bubbly, optimistic, adjustable young woman. Despite of, or perhaps because of these diametric, they fall for each other. Opposite attracts. The casting is perfect. I can't find a better cast.

The plot/story maybe somewhat 1960ish, but it's all the stuff that wraps around the plot - the characters, and their daily struggles that makes this movie quite watchable.

If this movie is a journey, more than ever, I would say it's the getting there, not the destination that's matters.

It's a wonderful feel good tearjerkers. 4 out of 5 boxes of tissues worth.

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