This French romantic comedy is smart, yet predictable, and blessed with some snappy dialogue from scribes Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner, and Yohan Gromb.
Pascal Chaumeil's Heartbreaker pivots around Alex (Roman Duris) and his sister (Julie Ferrier) operating an enterprise to split up couples. They're off to Monaco at the behest of a wealthy man to break up the wedding of his daughter Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) from her dashing, also upper-class, British fiancee (Andrew Lincoln). But, there's only a window of a week to do so as Alex turns out to be the bride-to-be's charismatic bodyguard.
Here is a refreshing, glowing instance which proves Duris's range - now outward, more witty and vibrant as is his chemistry with a headstrong, firm Paradis. Though one wonders what keeps Juliette from acting out her inhibitions as long as she does. A naturalistic charming quality to bonding and breaking of relations is done with gradual ebullience.
Jean-Marie Paris is a loutish lackey for a loan shark attached to the main storyline that really doesn't lessen the impact of a sensible script where Alex has taste in 80s staples that will find favor with hordes who loved the late Patrick Swayze.
Offering welcome levity is Ferrier and Francois Damiens as her husband involved in this fracturing practice, as well as Juliette's fetishist friend played by Helena Noguerra. Even Lincoln's debonair fiancee doesn't fall into a typical good or bad guy role in something that meets the chief criteria of the genre, but does so in a winning, peppery intoxicating way. For not only discerning arthouse cineastes it may have the joie de vivre that seemed to go out of style in Hollywood many moons ago.