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Comedy!

The main problem with Jacques Doillon's 1987 film—devoted exclusively to the problems encountered by a couple when the woman starts to imagine the man's previous affairs in his country house—is that the script doesn't offer us or the actors more to work with. Jane Birkin and Alain Souchon both attack the premise gamely, but the fact remains that two-actor films are notoriously difficult to sustain, even with the best talent available: The Four Poster, Sleuth, and even Carl Dreyer's seldom seen Two People all have related difficulties, and it doesn't seem coincidental that all three are adaptations of plays. Comedy! was written for the screen, but nevertheless seems just as stagy as the others. Still, for those interested in following Doillon's development, it remains an instructive and occasionally enjoyable experiment.

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