Hu­mour does not come at all

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

THE ti­tle is not the only clumsy thing about French ro­man­tic com­edy Hap­pi­ness Never Comes Alone. Its heroine, Char­lotte (So­phie Marceau), falls down and knocks things over with numb­ing reg­u­lar­ity – one of the old­est tricks in the book for this kind of film. And the ob­vi­ous­ness of it ran­kles. So­phie is fall­ing flat on her face when she meets Sacha (Gad El­maleh, pic­tured), a dash­ing com­poser who lives for his gigs at a club where he plays the pi­ano and goes home with a dif­fer­ent girl ev­ery night. Sacha and So­phie fall in­stantly in love, but Sacha dis­likes chil­dren, and Char­lotte has three. She also has a su­per-wealthy, jeal­ous ex­hus­band, Alain (Fran­cois Ber­le­and). Hap­pi­ness Never Comes Alone de­liv­ers many of the things we love about French come­dies. There are won­der­ful vi­su­als of Paris, there is pas­sion and chem­istry be­tween the two leads, yet it all starts to con­geal as Sacha bonds with the lit­tlies and learns the charms of be­ing a fam­ily man. A sub­plot in­volv­ing the mu­si­cal theatre piece that Sacha is rush­ing to com­plete be­fore dead­line is not enough to push things for­ward through a mire of trea­cle and chil­dren’s vomit.

– NICK DENT

Hap­pi­ness Never Comes Alone opens to­day.

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