My Words, My Lies - My Love (Lila Lila)
Daniel Brühl, Hannah Herzsprung, Henry Hübchen, Kirsten Block, Alexander Khuon, Godehard Giese, Stefan Ruppe, Henriette Müller, Simone Eckert / Fiction / German
Germany’s answer to Morvern Callar – rewritten as deft romantic comedy.
Eyecatching turns in high-profile hits like Inglourious Basterds and Good Bye Lenin! have confirmed Daniel Bruhl as Germany’s most popular young star. Now he steps centre-stage – alongside much-touted compatriot Hannah Herzsprung – for this irresistible rom-com about a hapless waiter who becomes an overnight literary sensation without writing a single word.
#1 / Saturday 26 June, 2010 / 23:49 GMTGeographically-speaking, it seems quite apt that the Director is from Switzerland, as this film gets rather lost in the awkward territory between the seriousness of recent classic new wave Germany and the playful, farcical rom-coms so loved by the French. It’s closer to the latter, with the most obvious comparison being the recent Audrey Tatou vehicle, Priceless – similar premise (a waiter resorting to extreme tactics in order to try and the girl over), but without the same level of chemistry between, or empathy for, the two main characters, this is a bit of a soggy farce really. The romantic element felt pedestrian and predictable – him coming clean at the end, and that being enough to win her back – yawn. It’s entertaining enough in a lightweight and frivolous sort of way, but don’t go with any hopes of seeing another ‘Goodbye Lenin’ of ‘The Lives of Others’, for this isn’t in the same league. 5/10
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