It is an endearing mess, in a way, thanks to its actors, but make no mistake, “The New Girlfriend” is one of Ozon’s weakest efforts to date. This is Laura, the character whose presence, even in death, impacts every person onscreen.As Laura’s best friend Claire (French star Anaïs Demoustier, also appearing at TIFF in the more well-received “Bird People”) recounts, Laura was the kind of individual who could light up a room, and electrify a school hallway. We note that it is always Claire who brushes Laura’s hair, pushes her on a swing, etc.‘I can’t say that,’ he smiles broadly, his blazer slipping open to reveal a low-cut T-shirt and a distracting amount of Gallic chest hair. Yet his natural charisma means you can’t help but adore him as ‘the Heartbreaker’, a should-be-hateable man who breaks up unsuitable couples for a living by making the women briefly fall in love with him.No wonder director Pascal Chaumeil patiently waited for two months as Duris dithered over taking the role.
Continue: The New Girlfriend - Trailer Trailer After a string of projects in America (including the masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), French filmmaker Michel Gondry returns home to let his manic imagination run wild.
--David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter Claire has a best friend in Laura, they have been close since they met as children and have grown and lived their lives together.
We start the film with Laura’s funeral – she leaves behind a loving husband and a baby daughter.
It was also Laura who married first, to David (Romain Duris), and became a mother first, to young Lucie.
Inevitably, it is also Laura who passes away first, and her best friend makes a vow to watch over Lucie and David forever.