One Fine Day (3 stars)

  • 11 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

(Phillipe le Guay, France, 2006) 93min

While not all French cinema is high art (or Luc Besson-produced action) the Galls do a great line in leftfield comedy. And, while this doesn’t contain the flights of fancy of Amelie or Delicatessen, it has a certain charm. With his marriage on the rocks, and a job that sucks, François (Benoît Poelvoorde) awakes one morning to find everything falling into place. He gets promotions; women are interested in him; even his coffee machine works.

This plays like a Gallic Groundhog Day as events are replayed in the protagonist’s favour, until François starts to question the cosmic balance he may have upset. Poelvoorde puts in a great performance, deadpan yet personable (though it is hard to shake the image of the serial killer he played so perfectly in Man Bites Dog). (Henry Northmore)

Cameo, 21 Aug, 5.30pm & Filmhouse, 26 Aug, 7.20pm, £7.95 (£5.20).

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