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.