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My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

aka Boyfriends and Girlfriends (L'ami de mon amie)
France 1987. Dir: Eric Rohmer. 102 min. DCP

The most delightful chapter in Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs cycle is also the last, bringing the acclaimed series to a close with a playful dose of jeu d’esprit that would surely make the French filmmaker’s idol, Hollywood screwball-comedy king Howard Hawks, proud. Set in the insular, ultra-modern Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise, this cool, clever comedy of manners concerns a group of young, amorously-obedient professionals who harbour mismatched emotions for each other’s significant others. “My friend’s friend is my friend” is the film's ironic proverb, although “All’s fair in love and war” would easily suffice. As in Full Moon in Paris, Rohmer fills the frame with vapid, postmodern décors to underscore the era’s consumerism, with each character colour-coded to match the mise-en-scène. A light, compactly-crafted charmer from the veteran auteur, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is “full of unexpected delights … It's 102 minutes; they are all wonderful” (Vincent Canby, New York Times).



"One of the most blissfully relaxed romantic comedies ever made ... Utterly charming."

Washington Post | full review