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You're So Handsome

The vogue among Westerners for mail-order brides from impoverished countries is the contemporary inspiration for this romantic comedy (2005) with a decidedly old-fashioned feel. Michel Blanc (Monsieur Hire) plays an emotionally stunted French farmer whose wife suddenly dies, leaving him more work than he can manage alone. Trying to protect his personal affairs from his eccentric relatives and neighbors, he travels surreptitiously to Romania, returns home with a kindhearted young beauty (Medeea Marinescu), and attempts to pass her off as a distant relation. The plot is largely predictable, but the charming and skillful leads make this a palatable trifle. Isabelle Mergault directed her own script. In French with subtitles. 95 min.

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