Prince Charmings, evil stepmothers and big bad wolves, oh my! All the fairytale archetypes are present and accounted for – albeit in more contemporary guises – in Agnès Jaoui’s engaging romantic drama. When a struggling classical musician (Arthur Dupont) and capricious rich girl (Agathe Bonitzer) meet at an old-fashioned ball, star-crossed love and other entanglements ensue.
An accomplished actress herself, Jaoui draws committed performances from her ensemble that effectively ground the breezy material. Ultimately, the film asserts that, while falling madly in love comes as naturally as gravity, true connection is a trickier proposition.