Marie-Jo and Her Two Loves (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2003

Marie-Jo and Her Two Loves 2002

Marie-Jo et ses deux amours

Directed by Robert Guédiguian

France In French with English subtitles
124 minutes 35mm

Screenplay

Jean-Louis Milesi
,
Robert Guédiguian

Editor

Bernard Sasia

With

Ariane Ascaride
,
Jean-Pierre Darroussin
,
Gérard Meylan

Festivals

Cannes (In Competition), Toronto, London 2002

Elsewhere

Working as always in the vibrant setting of his native Marseilles and putting his wife Ariane Ascaride once again at the centre of the picture, Robert Guédiguian (Marius and Jeanette) dramatises the emotional complexity of infidelity for a woman who really does love two men, and is loved by them in return. One is Daniel, her husband, a builder and father of their teenage daughter; the other is Marco, a ship’s pilot who lives the romantically solitary but maybe rather lonely life of a bachelor. Though the Mediterranean sun blazes on a clear blue sea, and the lovers take their pleasure with the doors and windows wide open, their physical exaltation is shadowed by a sense of mortality. Marie-Jo’s desire to make herself fully available to both men imperils her own sense of identity, and the film changes key as we see her distress grow, exacerbated by the self-righteous fury of her daughter. This is an odd, arresting film of contradictory impulses, a moving picture of late mid-life crisis, full of sensuality, but craving honesty.