Dir: Grégory Magne, France, 2020, 100 min.
Emmanuelle Devos, Grégory Montel, Zélie Rixhon.
In French with English subtitles.
“A middle-aged love story? Yes, possibly, but this gentle comedy drama is as subtle as the fragrances our protagonist conjures up. Anne Walberg is a professional ‘nose’ – someone whose sense of smell is so precise they are sought after for everything from perfume creation (at least, she used to be) to corporate jobs disguising the horrible smell seeping from a factory into a nearby village. Her reputation took a knock a few years ago and as she tries to rebuild it, she happens upon Guillaume – a single dad, himself looking for direction. He is tasked with chauffeuring the aloof Anne on her rounds. As the story develops, so too does their relationship… What begins as a master and servant dynamic eases into something more even and co-dependent. It’s the type of companionship you rarely look for in life, but are happy for when it arrives. As with most Gallic rom-coms, it’s shot and presented in an unassuming and casual way – stylish and sexy without ever really attempting to be either. You know, French. I found the performances captivating, particularly the dishevelled Guillaume’s Robin Williams-esque attempts to maintain a relationship with his daughter… When Harry Met Sally for people old enough to know better.” – Jamie East, The Sun