The French film Amour de Femme takes us to Paris, the city where everyone can find romance, including a married woman who falls for another woman.
Amour de Femme could be a beautiful film exploring how lives can be torn apart when people create the kinds of lives they are told they are supposed to, rather than the life that's right for them. Unfortunately, I wasn't moved by this film. I felt that any powerful passion that could have been created between Jeanne and Marie was all darkened by a seedy atmosphere. We're meant to believe Jeanne has the perfect family life. So what are she and her husband doing in a bar where exotic dancers are performing? The initial suggestion of her deflowering as a lesbian comes from Marie's sensuality, not her soul (seems like more of a gay man thing than a lesbian thing…), so all the dialogue that comes later can't patch up my initial impression that sex lies at the heart of their attraction. Jeanne is an Osteopath masseuse and both women are dancers, which suggests they are passionate about expression through the body, but even that comes across as incidental. Marie is supposed to be lower class in comparison to Jeanne, but Jeanne doesn't feel like she is much higher up on the socioeconomic ladder. She and her husband, being parents aside, are more wrapped up in themselves than their family life (scenes of both parents reading to the child at bedtime seem forced and out of place), and they don't exactly live a lush life—they live in a cramped apartment that looks like a hurricane has blown through it. And it never really feels like Marie is doing much home wrecking, and I don't mean because of the previously mentioned hurricane. It is just never established that there is any strength to the relationship between Jeanne and David. From the opening moments of the film, Jeanne is ALL about Marie, and David is just background noise, so when he does something extreme in his outrage towards Jeanne's secret life, it seems way too extreme for a man who never came across as all that interested in his wife to begin with. And the ending of the film, despite being "optimistic," is kind of depressing. So what are the bright sides of the film? For the ladies, the women are attractive in a womanly way, with little lesbian identifying marks, and they flirt quite a lot, as well as have one short love scene. For me, well, Jeanne's husband David was pretty hot with dark features and gorgeous eyes, which made the film a bit easier to swallow.