On Leonard Lopate* the other day, I listened to Elaine Sciolino, formerly a Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, talk about her new book on the French art of la seduction. This I did not know: While “seduction” has a very specific meaning in the United States, to the French its provocative—and, naturalement, more nuanced—meaning incorporates flirtation, charm, and charisma.
Heartbreaker, a French romantic comedy I caught on Netflix last weekend, fully glories in la seduction. Starring Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp’s significant other) and Romain Duris (grittier than when you last saw him in L’Auberge Espagnole), the film features sweeping views of Monaco, amusing banter, sumptuous sets, slapstick comedy, stellar supporting actors, and a Dirty Dancing dance tribute, all without breaking a sweat. Also, Duris can somehow carry his character in the utmost seriousness while wearing an all-white suit and ridiculously long hair.
So, the next time you have a spare couple of hours, do give Heartbreaker a watch. Not only is it vraiment magnifique, but it will appease your anger over Netflix’ rate increases.
*An ode to Leonard should be arriving soon