VIFF Review: Miss and the Doctors

VIFF 2014

Miss and the Doctors

You know what’s refreshing? A movie about romance between adults, made by adults and for adults. Miss and the Doctors, or Tirez la Langue, Mademoiselle (Stick Out Your Tongue, Miss, roughly) if you prefer the original french title, is just that. It’s a romantic drama about two brothers, opposites dependant on one another, who fall for the same woman, and how their relationship changes as a result.

What I liked most about Tirez la Langue is that it’s a romantic movie but not a romantic comedy. It has moments of humour but the story is grounded in believable characters behaving in believable ways.

As the story starts two brothers, both doctors, run a practice together in Paris. They’re both opposites and dependant one another and so devoted to their work that they are both bachelors. Enter Judith, a beautiful young mother they meet as a result of her daughter needing a house call, and they both fall in love.

Each of the brothers is given enough screen time with Judith to make their feelings believable and Louise Bourgoin is pretty effortless in her role being confident and vulnerable due to her characters circumstances.

But then when everyone finds out what is going on there are no wacky hijinks, no over the top fights, and no ridiculous competition. I won’t spoil how it goes down but it’s refreshing and believable.

Miss and the Doctors doesn’t have a general North American release date yet but it likely will in the near future. It’s a lovely little film and completely worth checking out if you get the chance.

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