FRANCE, BELGIUM, CANADA • ROMANCE - COMEDY • 100 MINS • 2015 • 15+*
CAST: PAULINE ÉTIENNE, TAICHI INOUE, JULIE LE BRETON, ALICE DE LENCQUESAING, AKIMI OTA
Based on Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb's bestselling semi-autobiographical novel, Tokyo Fiancée is now an entertaining coming-of-age comedy, which will appeal to fans of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation.
The film concerns Amélie (Pauline Étienne), who is in love with all things Japanese, which prompts her to buy a one-way ticket to Tokyo and completely immerse herself in the culture. Amélie decides to become a French tutor, and soon finds herself enjoying a passionate relationship with her only student, the charming Rinri (Taichi Inoue). As the couple explores the joys (and awkwardness) of their first real romance and the colourful city around them, many cultural barriers fall but some still remain.
This utterly charming romantic comedy played in last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and seduced audiences in Europe with its whimsical style and its playful look at misunderstandings, complications and the problems that arise from stereotypes. The pixie-like Étienne is particularly winsome and wonderful as the enthusiastic young woman on a cross-cultural adventure of the heart.PLEASE NOTE: Film screened in French with English subtitles