Je préfère qu’on reste amis [there’s no official English translation. But it does mean “I want us to be just friends” or “let’s stay just friends”]
Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Writer: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Gérard Depardieu, Annie Girardot, Yves Jacques
Claude (Jean-Paul Rouve) is extremely shy and therefore also perpetually single. But his life changes drastically when he meets Serge (Gérard Depardieu) who crashed a wedding Claude was invited to. Serge crashes weddings regularly to pick up women. He also uses a dating service to meet even more women, run by Germain (Yves Jacques) – which is where he meets Claude again and decides to take him under his wing. Their new friendship has a deep effect on both of them.
Je préfère qu’on reste amis is the kind of film that you find in the special offer DVD box (or, in my case, my parents’ DVD shelf who found it in the special offer DVD box) and that it also pretty much where it belongs. It’s nice, but nothing more.
The movie does have its funny moments, though mostly it is too deeply entrenched in clichés to really make me laugh. I really enjoyed the scenes at Germain’s agency that are wonderfully absurd. Unfortunately, the ending then really overdid it with [SPOILER] that chase to New York. [/SPOILER] That seemed only done because they still had some budget to throw out.
Budget they should have probably used to invest in better picture quality. Just judging on the images alone I thought that the movie was about 10 years older than it is. (Though admittedly, it was also because Gérard Depardieu looked so much younger than he does now.)
But mostly the film does work. Especially because both Gérard Depardieu and Jean-Paul Rouve are really good and their friendship is believable. And Annie Girardot was great as Claude’s mother. Could have stood to see more of her.
In the end, I don’t think that the movie was made for me. It was a very male film about male friendship and while I can relate, it just isn’t my major topic of interest.