Avec Mon Mari (1999)

Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Brimming with elegance, this sophisticated romantic comedy of manners was directed by Kentaro Otani -- who spent five painstaking years making his feature debut. The film opens with freelance photographer Tamotsu (Hirofumi Kobayashi) paying a visit to the office of his magazine-editor wife Mitsuko (played by model turned actress Yuka Itaya) and begging her not to divorce him. Instead, she lists at least three of his infidelities, the latest of which was with model/amateur photographer Mayu (Kaori Tsuji), who is also the mistress of Mitsuko's boss Nakazaki (Ren Osugi). Mitsuko demands that Tamotsu get out by evening. Tamotsu protests, insisting that he is just friends with the pouty young lass, but Mitsuko won't hear any of it and soon he is out on his ear. Tamotsu eventually goes to stay with the free-spirited Mayu, who is more than willing to put him up. Nakazaki, however, is less than thrilled with this new living arrangement, and during a drunken dinner party, he begs Mitsuko to take Tamotsu back. Though she is reluctant to make the first move, Nakazaki believes that she is still in love with her soon-to-be-ex-spouse. He invites her and Tamotsu to his weekend retreat, and for a glimmering moment the two look poised to reconcile. However, any chance of reconciliation is severely compromised when Mayu bursts in and announces her love for Tamotsu, while Mitsuko fires back by declaring her love for her boss. Things get complicated.