What actually happens in a classic screen love story? Director Cédric Klapisch delivers an anti-romance that is both charming and thoroughly melancholic Someone, Somewhere the enlightening answer. We reveal more about this in our review.
Mélanie (Ana Girardot) and Rémy, who live next to each other, are so close and yet so far away.
The plot summary
Rémy (François Civil) is thirty years old and single. He currently has other problems than his broken relationship life. Everyone at work was fired except for him. He finds it difficult to find his way around his new job. And the cat that recently came to him also said goodbye to him quicker than he would have liked. Since a bout of weakness on the train, he has been going regularly to a psychotherapist, who he hopes will get to the bottom of his depressed state of mind. Just one house away, thirty-year-old Mélanie (Ana Girardot) experiences a very similar situation. She mourns an unhappy relationship, suffers from insomnia and generally feels misunderstood by those around her. At least her therapist listens to her carefully once a week. Two people in Paris, both dissatisfied with themselves and their lives and although they are always closer than expected, they just can’t find each other…
Someone, Somewhere Movie Meaning & ending
When two people fall in love in the cinema, they usually do so at the very beginning of the film and are confronted with all sorts of artificially created obstacles over the course of one and a half to two hours before the happy ending finally awaits them. But what actually happens in the phase before that? In a phase in which you are perhaps not yet ready to get involved with someone or to spend your time because you first have to come to terms with yourself? The exceptional French director Cédric Klapisch (“The Wine and the Wind”) is now devoting himself to exactly this section and is particularly using scenes in which his main characters almost meet each other again and again but are not yet able to perceive each other’s attraction , that the two neighbors Rémy and Mélanie are simply not ready to let someone new into their lives. To illustrate this, Klapisch chooses the form of two separate portraits for “Someone, Somewhere”. Both she and he must first independently overcome past problems that have dragged on into the present in order to free themselves for the future. The film is not heading for a spectacular twist. Nevertheless, it is exciting to discover how the very things that make it so difficult for them to come to terms with the past gradually emerge in Rémy and Mélanie.
Rémy (Françoise Civil) is looking for his happiness.
Klapisch presents his story in the style of an episodic film, but tells “only” two storylines in parallel. On the one hand, there is the life of Rémy, who has sleep problems, who was recently fired from his job, whose family has unspoken problems and who suddenly finds himself in front of a psychotherapist after a breakdown on the subway. He confronts him with the diagnosis of depression – and offers him help. On the other hand, there is Mélanie, a young woman who is desperately looking for happiness via Tinder, but cannot free herself from the shadows of her ex-boyfriend, who, like Rémy, has problems falling asleep and soon finds herself sitting opposite a psychotherapist. Without artificially forcing it, the life paths of the two people who live next to each other, who are actually made for each other and yet do not notice each other, overlap. Klapisch repeatedly chooses the motif of the house complex, which illustrates this situation very well, in which the two live balcony to balcony and cannot see each other due to the thick walls, even if they are standing outside at the same time. In fact, the two people, who are so similar to one another, never get as close as one might expect given such a premise. There are moments in which Rémy and Mélanie walk just a few steps in front of or behind each other, enter the same supermarket at the same moment or leave their own house at the same time. But for Klapisch, such casually staged moments are not about pointing the finger at a possible coincidence. Instead, “Someone, Somewhere” is actually about something completely different. And that’s much more narratively sound than a banal “Will they get each other or won’t they get each other?” story.
In addition to a story about what has to happen for a love story to develop on the screen, “Someone, Somewhere” is also a sensitive portrait of generations. Right from the start, we witness a hectic world in which even something as romantic as interpersonal relationships and dating become interchangeable consumer goods that can be “ordered” via an app just as casually as a pizza. The images that Klapisch finds for this are not new, but they are memorable. This is how it continues in the following. The director repeatedly stops to show where humanity is lost due to the lack of togetherness – and why, for example, online dating is actually pretty stupid. In his last film, “The Wine and the Wind,” Klapisch didn’t actually say anything new. But thanks to his precise feel for emotional states of emergency, he was able then, as now, to give old stories new impulses. And last but not least, it is Ana Girardot and François Civil, who are once again in front of the camera for Klapisch, who fill this anti-romantic tragicomedy with life. Rarely has a screen couple been treated to their happy ending as much as they are here.
Conclusion: “Someone, Somewhere” tells the story before the love story and is also a portrait of a generation of relationship neurotics who live in abundance and hectic life and who in the end actually only long for a happy ending.
“Someone, Somewhere” can be seen in selected USA cinemas from December 17th.