All About Them review – a frothy French tale of mislaid knickers

Anaïs Demoustier brings unaffected charm to this Lille-based love-triangle farce

From Truffaut’s Jules et Jim to Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, Bertrand Blier’s Ménage to Rohmer’s The Collector, French cinema has a seemingly inexhaustible appetite for love triangles, preferably luxuriantly doomed and tragic ones. By contrast, the sexual dynamic in this Lille-based bedroom farce is decidedly frothy. Anaïs Demoustier plays Mélodie, a lawyer who is in a tortured gay relationship with wannabe singer Charlotte (Sophie Verbeeck). Mélodie knows that Charlotte will never leave her boyfriend Micha (Félix Moati); it’s a constant source of anguish. However, Mélodie hadn’t reckoned on the smouldering attraction between her and Micha igniting into a fully fledged affair. She finds herself cheating on both sides of the couple, with the other. The skittish comic approach is tempered by the fact that all three actors – and Demoustier in particular – bring an unaffected charm
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