Le Bar Des Amants (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Director Bruno Romy has put together a surreal, droll, and sometimes melancholy, sometimes risqué if not simply trashy series of seven vignettes on the love lives of several couples in a small village in Normandy in Northwest France. Romy has chosen former circus performers, mimes, and actors from street theater -- most of them in their first-time film roles -- to interpret these diverse and off-the-wall couples/couplings. One young mute woman finds her voice through a ventriloquist, another falls in love with a trapeze artist, and a village idiot finds a unique way to experience his first intimate sexual encounter. If there were something to tie these seven "fantasies" together, the film would have more of a sense of completion or culmination.