RKS Film: “Entre Nous” (Between Us): Harlequin Result? Non-Harlequin Journey?

So in a Harlequin scenario true love reigns? Where does true love reign between lesbians Élodie (Amandine Noworyta) and Laétitia (Iris Jodorowsky) and what role does a rather quirky Simon (William Mesguich) and his pet rat play in his attempt to break up the lesbian relationship?

Élodie and Laétitia are 30 something Parisian lesbians happily living together but a bit short on money so they take a magician Simon (and his pet rat) as roommates. Simon works as a magician in a gay nightclub and he pulls rats from his hat. He is a bit edgy and off standish initially but that ends when he transforms into a pushy and obsessed lesbian breaker upper. The clever magician impregnates Laétitia in a “test scenario” and the lesbian relationship implodes as Élodie leaves with papa Simon not for the man but the child! Rather weak writing here.

It is quite conceivable all three characters will die by suicide, poisoning or murder but damn it why didn’t Élodie spike Simon’s orange juice so fittingly with rat poison as after all he is more than simply a cad. He is a rat!

The movie could have ended in many ways. Death by rat poison. A suicidal fall. A deadly beating. Is it a Harlequin ending? Even if that was not the case a good cinematic French romantic voyage. Discrete and low keyed with a great soundtrack and occasionally wonderful cinematographic shots of the Narbonne region of France. No sleaze here just a couple tasteful romantic scenes that French cinema is so good at.

A good study of gender uncertainty, jealously, lust, obsession, abuse and stupidity.

“Entre Nous” is now available on DVD and VOD including iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, Vimeo and local cable and satellite providers.

You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXLYExuJvR4

Jude Bauman directs this French film with English subtitles.

RKS Film Rating 74/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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