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My Wife Is an Actress

95 minutes

French actor-director Yvan Attal is a Woody Allen-esque glorifier of neuroses in this delectable 2001 romantic comedy about a man dismayed by his actress wife's celebrity and irrationally jealous over her love scenes. Attal is less of a nebbish and more of a realist than Allen when airing his miseries, among them the imagined affair between his wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her current costar, a suave, aging lothario with a wry sense of humor (Terence Stamp). There must be parallels between the on-screen couple and the real-life one—Attal is married to Gainsbourg—and the outrageous claims the husband hears about his wife and his annoyance at all the attention she gets seem so real one can't help but chuckle at his character's anxieties. The film tends to groan under the weight of his obsessions—and his sister's fixation on circumcising her son—yet for much of the running time the chemistry between Attal's vulnerable husband and Gainsbourg's sweet, beguiling wife is irresistible. The terrific score is by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. In French with subtitles.

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