Fall for You
Was this suppose to be a love story or an endurance
test? How could a love story that takes place in Paris be so lacking
in charm, so lacking in romance, so lacking in la vie l’amour. How could
you take two Hong Kong stars and place them in Paris without an inkling
of an idea as what to do with them. This Chinese soufflé is as light
and buoyant as a lead pipe and sits just as comfortably in your stomach.
I am truly aghast at what a misshaped and tedious film this was especially
in comparison to Bakery Amour that I watched just a few days before. Toi,
tu l’entends pas (You don’t understand).
Francis Ng stars in both films, but even his star
power can bring no light to this desultory affair. The reasons this film
fails so miserable as a romance are simple – neither character is all that
likable – in particular the Kristie Yeung one, there is absolutely no chemistry
between the two actors/characters and thus no reason for them to fall in
love (besides a script telling them to), they are actually on the screen
together for a small amount of time as the film haphazardly jumps from
plot point to plot point for no reason and finally the ending is completely
unsatisfying (the turtle on the hand being a particularly ridiculous moment).
Ca fait drole (it’s funny).
Francis Ng is a struggling painter in Paris
looking for a break, but after six years his future is looking bleak and
he may soon be forced to leave though he desperately wants to stay. He
makes love to his paint covered French models, but suffers from an unusual
sexual dysfunction – he blacks out after climaxing. A friend warns him
that he may die after one such black out – ah dying for love – how Parisian.
C’est l’amour qui fait qu’on s’aime (Its love that makes you happy).
Kristie’s character is one that you would love
to see washed overboard a yacht in the middle of the ocean – annoying,
self-centered and not at all interesting. She also wants to stay in Paris
– her goal is to be married to a rich man by the time she is thirty – only
two years away. So she uses a high-class pimp to introduce her to rich
Frenchmen and takes it from there. The Prince of Monaco is on her target
list. Je suis a toi (I am yours).
They meet cute – he is a waiter, she trolling
after a wealthy man – a spilled drink – a written charm on the bottom of
the foot, but this romance just refuses to take off – it lies earthbound
like a collapsed over stuffed Zeppelin. Francis falls for Kristie, but
one can’t even begin to imagine why – is it her high-pitched whine or the
way she uses him. Eventually she thinks she is in love with Francis – it
must be his grungy knit caps that cover his head like a moldy infestation
because it certainly isn’t his charm. T’es beau tu sais (You’re handsome,
Still the film does take place in Paris and I
love Paris. The film makes good use of the city – which I suppose makes
good sense if you go to the trouble of flying there – much more so than
most recent HK films have made use of Hong Kong. For the scenes of Paris
and for having an opportunity to see Francis and Kristie act in both Chinese
and French – and even some English – Non, je ne regretted rien (I regret
(French from song titles sung by Edith Piaf
– who knew what love was on the streets of Paris.)
My rating for this film: 4.0
Distributed by Mei Ah
The transfer is quite good - Paris looks lovely.
Cantonese and Mandarin language tracks
The subtitles are Chinese or English or none.
There is no trailer for this film - but there
is one for Feel 100% II.