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Heartbreaker (2010)

L'arnacoeur (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 17 March 2010 (France)
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Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so.

Director:

Pascal Chaumeil

Writers:

Laurent Zeitoun (scenario), Jeremy Doner (scenario) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Alex
Vanessa Paradis ... Juliette
Julie Ferrier ... Mélanie
François Damiens ... Marc
Héléna Noguerra ... Sophie (as Helena Noguerra)
Andrew Lincoln ... Jonathan
Jacques Frantz ... Van der Beck
Amandine Dewasmes Amandine Dewasmes ... Florence
Jean-Yves Lafesse Jean-Yves Lafesse ... Dutour
Jean-Marie Paris Jean-Marie Paris ... Goran
Elodie Frenck ... Karine
Tarek Boudali Tarek Boudali ... Le manager Montecarlo Bay
Philippe Lacheau ... Le compagnon (as Philippe Lacheau dit « Fifi »)
Julien Arruti Julien Arruti ... Frère de Florence
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Le beau-père de Juliette
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Storyline

You could say Alex Lippi is a ladies' man but it is not true. Of course he has already wooed and charmed armies of women, young and less young, French and foreign. But Alex does it only on active service. Indeed he is appointed to break up undesired couplings. This time he must prevent a rich young lady from marrying an English millionaire. The girl is beautiful and the future husband a perfect match. Will he manage to accomplish this difficult mission? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

He's broken every heart except his own... until now. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Lucky Red [Italy] | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

France | Monaco

Release Date:

17 March 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbreaker See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,608,428 (France), 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,628, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$504,030, 12 December 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,438,829, 14 November 2010
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The piano player is played by Caroline Duris, Romain Duris' sister. She is a talented pianist and already played for her brother in The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) See more »

Goofs

When Alex is pretending the fake car-jacking, the windows of the car is smashed, later on we can clearly see the left door with its pane. See more »

Quotes

Marc: We open their eyes not their legs.
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Crazy Credits

A few seconds after the start of the end credits, there are three scenes that involve some of the characters: in the first one, the nymphomaniac friend of the female protagonist seduces the former fiancée of the latter; in the second scene, the father of the female protagonist chats with his friends; in the last scene, one of the characters tries to seduce a woman by imitating the main character's manners, but fails. See more »

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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: La colina de las botas (2011) See more »

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All The Right Reasons
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Written by Christopher Potter and Klaus Badelt
Performed by Rebecca Young
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Fine French Fluff
11 October 2010 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

HEARTBREAKER ('L'ARNACOEUR') is a delightful bit of French fluff, created as only the French know how. There are 'quotes' from certain films and songs that mix the two main characters together and add to the meringue of the farce. Based on a light story by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner, and Yhan Gromb and directed with a fine sense of comic timing by Pascal Chaumeil, this is one of those examples of the farces the French do so well.

Alex Lipp (Romain Duris), his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (François Damiens) run a little business: they coordinate efforts to breakup undesired relationships for pay. After a few examples of how the trio works its magic, an assignment takes them to Monaco where they are hired to stop the marriage between Juliette Van Der Becq (Vanessa Paradis) and her wealthy humanitarian fiancé Jonathan Alcott (Andrew Lincoln) - in 10 days time! Alex is avoiding previous client debts represented by a bodyguard Goran (Jean-Marie Paris) but plunges into the formula courtship destruction mode with Juliette; the difference this time is that Juliette seems happily ensconced in the marriage plans and has little time for Alex's plans. But of course through the period of time allotted, Juliette finds qualities in Alex that are missing from her 'perfect' fiancé and Alex breaks his cardinal rule and falls in love with his marked client Juliette. The manner in which the story is resolved is clever and entertaining and heartwarming.

This may not be a great movie but it is a well-acted refreshing little romp to cleanse the palette! In French and English with subtitles. Grady Harp, November 10


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