My Wife Is an Actress (2001)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Jul 12, 2002 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jonathan Crow

Yvan Attal's Ma femme est une actrice starts out a lively, frothy affair that manages to charm from minute one. Charlotte Gainsbourg -- who is in real life married to Attal -- is likeable and attractive as a character that is clearly modeled on herself, while Attal is convincing as an everyday Joe struggling with male insecurity and jealousy. Attal sets up some great comic scenes, particularly when a bore relentlessly prods Yvan with questions about his wife's offscreen sex life. Unfortunately, the film stumbles by the third act. As the film shifts into a more sober register, its appealing lightness grows leaden. While the film's outcome is obvious to all but the most obtuse viewer an hour into the work, the conclusion takes a while to wind its way to the end.