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Mon Petit, Choose: In The Deft, Whimsical 'A Faithful Man,' A Couple's Bond Is Tested

Louis Garrel's second film as a director is a dry romantic comedy that involves a love triangle, and "watching it unfold can feel at times like an anthropological study of the French species."
Louis Garrel (right), directs, co-wrote, and stars with Laetitia Casta (left) in this French romantic comedy about a complicated love triangle. Source: Shanna Besson

"You have time, but before the 26th is best."

That's Marianne (Laetitia Casta) going over some awkward practicalities with her live-in boyfriend Abel (Louis Garrel) in the opening scene of , a French romantic comedy that's as dry as kindling — and nearly as combustible. Moments before, Marianne has informed Abel that she's pregnant. And that his best friend Paul is the father. And that the two have plans to get married later in the month.

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