It Happened in Saint-Tropez (Des gens qui s’embrassent)
Release Year: 2013
Director: Danièle Thompson
Writer: Danièle Thompson (scenario, adaption & dialogue), Christopher Thompson (scenario & adaptation)
Starring: Eric Elmonsino, Kad Merad, Lou de Laâge, Clara Ponsot, Max Boublil, Monica Belucci, Ivry Gitlis, Valérie Bonneton, Alexis Michalik, Christian Hecq, Hande Kodja
The two brothers Zef and Roni are very different. Zef’s wife dies and her funeral coincides with the wedding of Roni’s daughter. Zef’s daughter unknowingly falls in love with Roni’s daugher’s fiancée and problems arise.
This rom-com from writer/director Danièle Thompson (La bûche, 1999) is about an eccentric Jewish family whose complicated realtionship is only complicated by an unwanted romance. The family is just about held together by a slightly demented elderly father. The two brothers Roni (Kad Merad) and Zef (Eric Elmosnino) couldn’t be more different. Roni is a wealthy jeweler who has left his faith completely behind, while Zef is a talented musician and observant Jew. Naturally, there are plenty of amusing complication and a lot of friction between the two camps. The most endearing relationship is that between the two cousins who are devoted to each other, which only makes their love for the same man more unfortunately. Light-hearted and a bit abruptly resolved, but quite good. Recommended.
Writer/director Danièle Thompson is the daughter of French director Gérard Oury, who happened to pass away in the town of Saint-Tropez where the film is set.