Quick: name the last romantic comedy you saw that actually had the entire audience laughing hysterically from start to finish. You can't, can you? Unless, of course, you've recently been to a film festival and seen Laurent Tirard's hilarious film, The Story of My Life (Mensonges et trahisons et plus si affinités). I truly can't recall the last time I saw a movie this witty and intelligent, and I see a lot of movies.
I went to this film with a bit of trepidation. After all, the last SIFF film I went to, Earth and Ashes, was billed by SIFF as a French comedy, and while I really enjoyed that film it was about as funny as a week spent sitting shiva. Furthermore, romantic comedies tend not to be my favorite films. American romantic comedies, written for an audience nurtured on a steady diet of mundane, regurgitated storylines, tend to be absurdly sentimental with more sap than comedy.