Synopsis by Derek Armstrong
The French film Tout Pour Plaire (Thirtyfive Something) concerns three Parisian women taking stock of their lives and relationships as they move into their late thirties. Juliette (Mathilde Seigner) is a struggling lawyer scheduled to move into a loft with her boyfriend, but his commitment jitters lead him to dump her during the walk-through. Recklessly resolved, she takes the place anyway, though she can't afford it. As her spending increases in an attempt to fill the void and find new love, she spirals into debt and must go before a friendly banker (Pascal Elbe) to get her credit extended. Marie (Judith Godrëche), a doctor in a public hospital, has fewer financial problems, but her issue is her layabout artist husband (Mathias Mlekuz), who hasn't sold a painting in years and never helps with the kids or housework. When a handsome filmmaker takes an interest in her, Marie contemplates infidelity. Ad agency executive Florence (Anne Parillaud) can't catch a break either at work or home. When she's finally entrusted with a big account, her boss continues to treat her like an underling and backtrack on his decision. Her husband (Thierry Neuvic), an exhausted and disinterested CEO, treats her with indifference, and appears to be having an affair. As the women meet for lunches and other social engagements, they help make sense of how things have changed since their carefree days as childhood friends.