The script written by Canet lacked tone and he refrained from shocking or disturbing, depriving himself of exploring his ideas, which were too often accepted.
Almost a decade after the immense triumph of Les Petits mouchoirs, Guillaume Canet is back with Nous finir ensemble, a suite made of the same mold as the original.
In 2010, Les petits mouchoirs, a Big Chill with a French sauce, was presented where some of France’s biggest stars gathered while one of their comrade fought for his life. A sympathetic but superficial dramatic comedy that has achieved a mad success despite immense deficiencies in history and a propensity to want to make cry.
Following two not-so-inspired productions (Blood Ties and Rock’n Roll), the popular actor Guillaume Canet is back behind the camera, seeking to recreate this unique magic. He almost did, again calling on his friends and his lover Marion Cotillard. The story is always centered around Max (François Cluzet) – this time in debt up to the neck and in a couple with a younger woman – who will not hesitate to tell his four truths to his friends who gathered for his 60th birthday.
The reunion is not at first festive, while grudges and resentments quickly resurface. Then there is a climate of calm and even euphoria before the storm, which will break mechanically at the end to recall what is important in existence. Until then, let’s fight values. The characters have aged, cynicism has appeared and confrontations mingle with the jokes of circumstances.
The script written by Canet lacked tone and he refrained from shocking or disturbing, depriving himself of exploring his ideas, which were too often accepted. In front of a film called Nous finir ensemble, the cinephile immediately thinks of Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble, Maurice Pialat’s immense opus about a couple that is breaking up. The bar is high and this new feature film does not make the weight, multiplying common places and prefabricated situations, on a background of alcohol because everything then becomes easier. The lively replicas follow the softer ones and other downright misogynistic ones.
Everything is therefore a pretext to moralize (yes, young people, screens are bad), as can be seen from these few slices of dialogue, of a rare subtlety…
“It’s been a long time, so stop the bullshit.”
“We don’t see each other anymore, we don’t have the same life.”
“You’re older and you don’t want to waste any more time.”
“It’s really important to talk to each other.”
“Being friends means being there when you need to be.”
On the other hand, where We will end up together works is in his way of embracing clichés with voluptuousness, to remind that summer is conducive to entertainment, pleasant and without side effects. The one who plays with English music and light gags, in the only happiness of seeing known actors having fun with each other. There is the grumpy bear François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard in blonde, Gilles Lellouche who always hits the mark, Benoît Magimel in friendly mode, Laurent Lafitte in turkey of the farce, etc. In the space of 135 minutes, they will suddenly and magically become more responsible, especially to their children, and their past actions will be forgotten.
“In any case, it’s all very familiar,” François Cluzet said quite quickly. Without a doubt.But in a summer season that still focuses on superheroes and special effects, attending some human problems can be salutary, however imperfect and forgettable they may be.