French Kiss

Since the fiancé is en route to France (and will be there for a week), I thought, what better way to commemorate the week than by dedicating a post to one of my favorite Meg Ryan films of all time. French Kiss. Oh and spoilers below.

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The film was released in 1995 and is about an American-soon-to-be-Canadian woman, Kate played fantastically by Meg Ryan, going to France to win back her fiancé from a goddess. (Hmm.. in hindsight, this might not be the best film for me plotwise.)

Along the way, she meets Luc Teyssier (Kevin Kline), a thief who uses her to smuggle a vine cutting and a stolen diamond necklace to France. Apparently, he wants to go back to his hometown and grow wine – and the smuggled items are his way to finance his plans. Hijinks ensues. Luc volunteers to help Kate win back her Charlie while falling for her at the same time. Kate is torn between Charlie who wants the “new” Kate and Luc who seems to want her as she is.

In the end, Kate decides to help Luc by pretending to sell the necklace (but really, she returned it to the police and withdrew her savings to give to Luc). The police inspector (played by the amazing Jean Reno) informs Luc of what an altruistic deed Kate has done and he, in turn, rushes off to stop Kate from leaving France. And they lived happily ever after in their small vineyard in the French countryside. le sigh.

The movie trailer. I promise, it’s so much better and hilarious that what I have just summarized. 🙂

One of my favorite scenes in the movie: (never mind the lactose intolerance discussion on the page)

Train scene cheese discussion

Kate: Did you know that there are four hundred and fifty-two official government cheeses in this country? Don’t you think that’s incredible? To come up with four hundred and fifty-two ways of classifying what is basically a bacterial process?
Luc: You would prefer one cheese? One cheeseburger to put it on and one restaurant to eat it in?
Kate:  I’m saying I *like* the cheese. God!

but then I, like Kate, like cheese. 🙂

The soundtrack is a gem! I bought a copy way back then and listened to it day in and day out. Perfect for lazy afternoons. And for your listening pleasure, Kevin Kline singing La Mer (included in the soundtrack).

The role of Luc Teyssier was originally Gerard Depardieu’s but Kevin Kline accepted it due to Gerard’s inavailability. I think he did an amazing job! I actually thought he was a french actor – not recognizing him at all.

If you need a feel good rom-com to perk up your day, go and watch this one.