Picks and Pans Review: Next Year If All Goes Well

updated 04/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

You'll swear you've seen this nice, safe, predictable French romantic comedy before, which doesn't keep it from being mildly entertaining. Isabelle Adjani, the sulking heroine of François Truffaut's The Story of Adele H., plays a woman determined to have a baby with her live-in lover, an eccentric, very handsome Tony Perkins look-alike (Thierry Lhermitte) who sometimes earns a living as a cartoonist. The young couple quarrel, they make up, they eat and drink with their friends. They cheat on each other—she with the office Romeo, he with a pretty groupie he picks up at a cartoonists' convention outside Paris. They make up. First-time director Jean-Loup Hubert seems to be trying to make this pleasant trifle a model of a French romantic comedy where you know nothing much will really happen. The funniest and most original scene is when the boyfriend, an avowed hypochondriac, fakes a heart attack in an effort to get Isabelle home early from a night out with her girlfriends. If the French invented that grim genre the film noir, they also own the patent on its opposite—the sort of raucous movie that might be called film blanc, of which this is a prime example. (In French with English subtitles) (R)

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