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Mensonges et Trahisons
Seville Pictures // Unrated // May 24, 2005
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Review by Matt Langdon | posted May 18, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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Mensonges et Traihison [aka The Story of my Life] is a French romantic comedy about the life of a frustrated biography writer. Raphael (Edouard Baer) ghost writes biographies for famous people. He is bored doing this but he doesn't seem to have enough inspiration to write something for himself. He lives with his girlfriend Muriel (Marie-Josee Croze) whom he enjoys but doesn't really love.

He gets an assignment to write a biography of a famous soccer player. He doesn't much like the guy until he finds out that the he is dating a beautiful blonde woman named Claire (Alice Taglioni) who he once had a crush on in college.

Raphael pursues Claire but, inevitably, runs into trouble with both his girlfriend and the soccer player. In time he hits his nader but then begins to slowly find himself again.

The acting is quite good even if it none of the actors are made to stretch their abilities. Edouard Baer, for instance, is a gifted comedy actor but he seems to be coasting through this role and held back a bit by the way his role is written.

Far from being fresh material or too funny Mensonges et Traihison [which translates as "lies and treasons"] is well enough made - by first time director Laurent Tirard - and the acting holds interest for its short 90 minutes running time.

Video:
The DVD is presented with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is 16 x 9 enhanced and looks excellent. Most of the film is well lit and the colors are well saturated. There is no compression artefact notieable and the image is sharp.

Audio:
DVD is in French Dolby 5.1 with English subtitles.

Extras:
There is a 27 minute On-The-Set short that is entirely in French with no subtitles. This short piece mainly shows Edouard Baer hamming it up, joking around and keeping the film crew in stitches. In fact, it is interesting to see him being so funny and then immediatly do a scene in a quite understated way. Next up is a 2 minute 45 second promo piece with Edouard Baer that again has no subtitles and has him walking along the set describing the film and joking. Finally there is a trailer

Note: The DVD packaging in entirely in French and English subtitles are not mentioned but they are available.

Overall:
Mensonges et Traihison is an above average romance comedy that keeps one fairly entertained. The DVD looks very good. There is one good extra.

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