Picks and Pans Review: Robert Et Robert

updated 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

French director Claude Lelouch seems td be making the same film over and over. Ever since 1966's A Man and a Woman he's used the same basic plot: Take two characters, tell a little about their lives, then introduce them to each other under emotionally trying circumstances. This time it's two men who still live with their mothers and are painfully shy about meeting the opposite sex. They meet in the waiting room of a computer dating service and become friends. Jacques Villeret won the French equivalent of the Oscar for his portrayal of a pudgy police cadet so introverted he can barely say his name. Charles Denner, a Lelouch regular, plays an abrasive, compulsively neat cab driver. What saves this movie from being depressingly sad is a sudden, delightful plot twist. As usual, Lelouch's direction and the photography are superb. He does, however, seem obsessed with past glory: The theme from A Man and a Woman even finds its way into this film. (In French with English subtitles) (Not rated)

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