‘I Love America’ Assessment: The Gauche Rituals of Trendy Romance


After years of Individuals having romantic epiphanies onscreen in Paris, “I Love America” returns the favor by setting Sophie Marceau free on Tinder in Los Angeles. Marceau performs Lisa, a 50-year-old filmmaker and mom of two loving daughters who tries a private reset by leaving France. Initially launched in France, it’s a determinedly uplifting comedy of progress, primarily based on the experiences of its director, Lisa Azuelos.

The plot might be summed up in a gaggle of key phrases: courting scene, homosexual greatest buddy, fish out of water, mommy points, yoga humor. With the assistance of her trusty however heartbroken pal, Luka (Djanis Bouzyani), Lisa navigates the gauche rituals of contemporary American romance — we’re advised that the French don’t actually do dates — however she finds a keeper, John (Colin Woodell), with out a lot hassle.

Clunky flashbacks reveal how Lisa’s aloof mother, a singer, dumped her at a boarding faculty, although she did have a fab, disco-loving dad. (Azuelos’s mom was the singer and actress, Marie Laforêt, who died in 2019, and the flashbacks evoke a few of Azuelos’s personal childhood.) Lisa’s voice-over delivers pseudowisdom, and wedding ceremony crowd pleasers fill the soundtrack.

Marceau beams with unshakable good vibes, like a lion within the solar, although that makes her woes really feel not so woeful. However Azuelos’s movie does glimpse moments that really feel true to the typically unusual complexity of feelings — Lisa and her sister bond over having robust intercourse drives after their mom’s dying — and it has a sure through-the-looking-glass curiosity worth for American audiences. Plus, legions of guffawing, English-speaking schoolkids shall be delighted by a scene that builds a punchline across the French phrase for seal.

I Love America
Not rated. In French and English, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 42 minutes. Watch on Amazon.

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