Fanfan (1993)
A film directed by Alexandre Jardin

Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance

Film Review

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Alexandre Jardin made a promising directorial debut with this inspired adaptation of his novel "Fanfan", published in 1990. Whilst the first half of the film feels unconvincing and painfully superficial in places, things improve significantly in its second half. Compelling performances from Vincent Perez and Sophie Marceau transform what looks at first like a routine romantic comedy into something far richer, far more compassionate. The second part of the film also contains some moments of artistic brilliance, notably the Cocteau-esque sequence in which the two lovers attempt to make contact through a mirrored partition. Although there are a few unexplained gaps in the narrative - some more back story about Alexandre might have helped - writer-director Alexandre Jardin succeeds in weaving a tender love story that is both original and hauntingly poetic.
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Film Credits

Directed by Alexandre Jardin
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Vincent Perez, Marine Delterme, Gérard Séty, Bruno Todeschini, Arielle Sémenoff, Marcel Maréchal, Gérard Caillaud, Béatrice Esterle, Micheline Presle
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