It will be pretty hard to find something that is more of a cliché than the new French romantic comedy titled ‘Stand By Love.’ The film, by Alexander Castegnetti, is adapted by a screenplay written by Vincent Angell who is known for creating the television series ‘The Beast.’
It stars Ludivine Sagnier in the role of a very vivacious sculptor who is soon to be married. However, before she can get down the altar she first must get through the airport and finds herself talking to an old debonair that she dated once upon a time leading her through a series of flashbacks.
The film is highly predictable and formulaic, but despite this fact it probably will get enough local views and plenty of offshore action because it has all the elements that people have come to expect from romantic comedy making it alluring to many.
Nicolas Bedos takes on the role of the debonair who is very heartless if not very attractive. The first time we meet him he is handcuffed with some babe and there are plenty of empty bottles around him. On the other hand, Sagnier is a cute young woman with sticky notes all over her walls so that she does not forget to do anything before she heads over to the airport.
They both end up on a red eye to Paris and when Julie gets her ticket upgraded to business they end up sitting next to each other. It’s not a happy coincidence however as they have not spoken in three years when Julie broke off their relationship.
The main problem is that it is hard to feel sorry for Antoine and about an hour in the film seems to be on autopilot and anyone in the audience could guess the ending. Better character development is desperately needed, but it should be noted that Sagnier does wonderful work in the character of Julie.