Quelques jours avec moi (1988)
aka: A Few Days with Me
A film directed by Claude Sautet

Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance

Film Review

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Quelques jours avec moi is another engaging romantic drama from director Claude Sautet, this time featuring the dream pairing of Daniel Auteuil with Sandrine Bonnaire, two of the finest actors in French cinema. It is an attractive film, marred slightly by some unconvincing characterisation and bizarre plot twists, but sensitive performances from the two lead actors compensate for most of the deficiencies in the script. The eccentric Fonfrin couple - played to perfection by Jean-Pierre Marielle and Dominique Lavanant - provide an amusing counterpoint to the romantic drama, even if Sautet's attempt at satirising their bourgeois milieu does come across as clichéd and simplistic.

As in most of Sautet's films, the entourage of friends and family are an important ingredient in the drama, although the director is perhaps being somewhat optimistic in the way that his characters are able to set aside their social differences and prejudices to form friendships. The worlds of the Fronfins and Francine are so far apart that it is unlikely that a set-piece dinner party would bring them together - yet somehow Sautet manages to just about make this plausible. Whilst probably not the director's best work, Quelques jours avec moi is a satisfying piece, hilariously funny in places, exceptionally poignant in others. Daniel Auteuil would star in Claude Sautet's subsequent film, the magnificent Un coeur en hiver (1992).
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Film Credits

Directed by Claude Sautet
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Dominique Lavanant, Danielle Darrieux
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