I didn’t really have many expectations going into the movie (good or bad), but I actually really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters and the banter between them.
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
Bronte Parrish (Andie MacDowell) is marrying George Faure (Gérard Depardieu) in a marriage of convenience set up by Anton. They never met before and hope never to see again. She's a horticulturist in a New York gardening group working with inner city locals to build gardens. She's desperate for the perfect apartment with its own greenhouse but the board is only willing to rent to a married couple. She tells them that her husband is researching drumming in Africa. She's dating her coworker Phil. George is a music composer and needs the Green Card marriage to stay. Immigration officers Gorsky and Sheehan come to investigate. George and Bronte need to get their act together. They run into her old friend Lauren Adler (Bebe Neuwirth) whose parents are selling their place and possibly donating their rare plants.Writer/director Peter Weir doesn't really do rom-coms. The comedy is rather light and neither leads are big comedians. It takes a long time before the romance takes off. He's got a volcanic anger bubbling under the surface and she's an odd-bird obsessed about plants. The story needs to force them together earlier in the movie. There is a fine romance for these two clashing personalities. She's ice and he's fire. Together, they turn into quite a stormy romance.
PROS: For me, Andie McDowell is one of the most desirable women to ever appear on the big screen. I'd watch it just for her. The acting performance of Gérard Depardieu. He was purportedly France's best actor at the time, appearing in his first English speaking lead role. I wasn't disappointed. CONS: The ending was typical 'romantic comedy chick flick' but difficult to 'buy' given McDowell's attitude toward him up until that point. The whole premise behind why McDowell wanted to marry him in the first place is far-fetched. Favorite scenes: 1. Depardieu being courted by some single ladies over dinner, followed by an emotional appeal at the piano. 2. The couple sharing old photos on the couch, followed by the most dramatic and suspenseful scene in the movie. 3. McDowell's entry back into the greenhouse, alone, and her abrupt focus on some tomato plants. 4. Their separate interviews before the immigration officials. Emotional opinions of each other begin to flow from both their mouths as the editing brilliantly switches back and forth between the two. Enjoy!
This is a very thirties concept some half a century later so it needs something special to make it work and luckily it HAS something special in the shape (literally) of Gerard Depardieu and Andie McDowell both of whom manage to overcome the knowledge that the viewer has from frame #1 that their initial indifference will work its way through mutual contempt to enduring love. The story takes its time to establish the totally opposite personalities of the principals and there are just enough set pieces to keep it bubbling along on a low light. Charm is a good work here as both principals have it in spades and are not shy about unleashing it on a Rom-Com hungry public. One that will stand repeated viewings.
My daughter gave me the DVD for Christmas. I already had it on VHS. One question; Why does Andie McDowell look pregnant in some scenes and not in others.It is my favorite movie. Between the greenhouse, which is think I might too have to marry in order to get it myself if I were in her position, to Gerard's strange sexiness, to the African music, and the final scene with the exchange of rings, it cannot be beat!! Favorite lines include, "I am the husband, so yes I #@+* her", "She likes to eat birdseed", "She has peace, I do not have peace", and of course, . . "And always I will say, When are you coming Cherie?" Keep your eye on the prize!! Maybe we all should.