LOVE IS IN THE AIR (Amour & turbulences) DVD (2013)
SYNOPSIS: On her way back from New York to Paris, where she’s soon to be married, Julie finds herself sitting next to Antoine, an attractive cad whom she dated 3 years earlier. She’ll do everything she can to avoid him, whereas he’s counting on the 7-hour flight to win her back! It’s an opportunity for us to travel back in time and witness their encounter, their love affair, their break-up… So many incredible, romantic, and caustic scenes that will make this journey the most moving one of their lives.
With it’s snazzy opening set in New York, Love is in the Air might be mistaken for a romantic comedy starring a young Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Done in a typical American rom-com format but with a distinctive French coating, the American looking, French actress Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool) plays Julie who on a six hours flight from New York to Paris finds herself sitting next to her ex, Antoine (Nicolas Bedos from The Players). As awkward as it seems at first, Julie and Antoine recount their relationship (to the delight of their surrounding passengers) and find themselves still madly in love with each other when the plane lands.
The above is not exactly spoiler; I mean you wouldn’t expect this to be arthouse material don’t you? Director Alexandre Castagnetti with Bedos credited as one of the writers present a romance that is not entirely clichés-free but contains enough laughs and charm along the way to engage the audience. The flawless transition from the airplane to the flashbacks is just one of the magical touches including some pretty well-done spilt-screen effects.
Bedos and Sagnier makes a believable quirky couple and their chemistry is more than likeable. Adding to the fun is the various supporting cast including Clementine Celarie as Julie’s controlling mother and Jonathan Cohen as Antoine’s goofy, nurse best friend Hugo. The movie touches frequently of Antoine’s womanizing ways and Julie’s jealousy and insecurity however all these issues are quickly dismissed when the movie’s ultimate message is rather be sorry than safe in your relationship.
Love is in the Air for the most part is predictable, fluffy and of course with a conveniently staged ending throws in. Just like the Eiffel Tower has been featured umpteen times in movies; you still can’t help gawking at it whenever it appears onscreen.
Visual is clear and detailed and the audio French track is serviceable.
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Review by Linus Tee