— C’est très simple : je me fais chier. Tout me fait chier. Une femme charmante, des enfants adorables, une belle baraque, un métier qui rapporte gros, rien qui dépasse… Mais moi j’appelle ça une vie de con. Regarde-nous, regarde-toi, regarde-moi (…)

There is nothing more unpleasant than a film that thinks it is smarter than you. The final revelation that would turn the film on its head became a popular technique in the 90s, spurred by the success of films like The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense. Sometimes the technique works, as in The Usual Suspects which remains a longstanding favourite for many film buffs, but Love Me No More (Deux jours à tuer) just becomes more unpleasant (…) The audience is never given the opportunity to develop a rapport with the lead character, meaning that when Antoine begins to behave badly it is hard to care about him or the consequences. It is almost dishonest to start the film just at the crisis moment, and then demand the audience care in the final act – if not dishonest, it is at least asking far too much (…) An unpleasant film is not necessarily a bad one, and Love Me No More is certainly not a failure. Its strengths are overshadowed by its structural deficiencies and the unhappy use of the ‘gotcha!’ that will make many viewers simply shrug while others will find they like the film even less. Hard to recommend. — Mark Lavercombe

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