Director Pascale Bailly, who co-wrote the screenplay, is an admirer of Woody Allen, and her film shares Allen's preoccupation with religion (as in "Hannah and her Sisters") and the neurotic undercurrent to personal relationships. As in many French comedies, Bailly adds serious elements, like the painful emotional aftereffects of Michele's abortion and the relationship with her unhappy mother and stepfather.
With youthful high spirits, Tautou remains captivating throughout Michele's religious and romantic quests, and she is backed by a likable cast. Bailly is more successful with the amusing and eccentric details of her characters than with the thin plot of her film. Michele's love life is a predictable series of arguments, break-ups and reconciliations held together only by Tautou's magnetic presence. Starring Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer and Julie Depardieu. Directed by Pascale Bailly. Written by Pascale Bailly and Alain Tasma. Produced by Alain Sarde and Georges Benayoun. An Empire release. Comedy. French-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 98 min