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A slight but appealing dramatic comedy, My Wife Is an Actress explores the marital downside of fame. It's about the hazards of being married to someone--in this case the fine French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, playing a fictionalized version of herself, also named Charlotte--whose profession and celebrity pose a constant threat to matrimonial harmony. The movie dispels the fantasy of a movie-star spouse (i.e., would you really want to marry Julia Roberts?), exploring the reality with adequate humor but precious little insight. Gainsbourg's actual husband, Yvan Attal, is also her director and costar, playing Charlotte's sports-reporter husband (named Yvan), and turning jealous when she gets friendly with her current film's costar, played with world-weary charm by Terence Stamp. Surely this scenario was fascinating for French filmgoers, and as lightweight drama it's a pleasant enough diversion. Unfortunately, Attal discreetly avoids the deeper details of his life. Instead we get the shallow version, still authentic but not authentic enough. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby


Charlotte Gainsbourg
Yvan Attal

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Yvan Attal
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 95 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 10, 2002
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