L'amour Dangeroux [aka Trop plein d'amour] is a tepid French road movie about a young man and woman on the run from the law.
Originally made for French television and directed by Steve Suissa the film stars Simon (Nicolas Cazale) a young man who gets caught up in a bungled burglary attempt. While making a getaway one of his cohorts knocks a cop unconsious and into a coma. Everyone gets caught by the authorities except Simon who, naturally, is blamed for hitting the cop.
The basic set up of the story is good; a working class [possibly of Arab decent] young man faces tough odds. But then the film goes awry with the introduction of the Simon's love interest; Noemie (Jennifer Decke) an attractive upper class student who works in her father's bistro. Although Simon and Noemie appear to be no more than passing friends - who frequently eye each other - Noemie decides to give Simon her father's car. What's more she capriciously decides to run off with him as well.
If this were real life one would have to conclude that such a scenario is stranger than fiction. But as fiction it just isn't believable. There is no motivation for her actions - especially since they are not yet lovers.
While on the run they fall in love even though they are opposites. She is happy, he is the glum, she is excited to be on the run, he is not, she is carefree while he is jealous. After a while there seems to be no reason they should be together except for the fact that they both have good looks.
What's partcularly annoying is the fact that the film has the feeling of a naive fairy tale. It exists in this storytelling limbo where there is neither a sense of dread or danger or a sense of charm or grace. It is as though the two are on a weekend excursion in a Disney movie. The only element of excitement are the cops that occassionly cross their paths and the one mean cop who is determined to find the young lovers; He seems to have a sixth sense on their whereabouts. But as the film progresses the chase loses any sense of excitment - although the two lovers do bicker a bit just to give the film a little edge.
Ultimately L'amour Dangeroux is a moral fable in which the male character must learn to communicate better if he wants to survive. The young woman learns nothing - she basically exists to be a simple sexy symbol who sets her man right by just being with him.
Presented in widescreen 1.66:1 the image looks very good. Each shot has a crisp focus and displays good contrasts of color and light.
The audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 Surround Sound. The quality is above average and very welcome considering the film isn't much.
There are no extras except trailers for other films by Picture This!.
L'amour Dangereux is a pale love story about two lovers on the run from the law. The DVD is barebones as is the story although the technical quality of the DVD are very good. Worth a rental if interested.