Fanfan (1993) from Tuna

Fanfan (1993), my favorite Sophie Marceau film, seems to be out of print worldwide, and to the best of my knowledge, has never been released on Region 1 or 2 DVD.
It is the story of a young woman, Fanfan (Sophie Marceau), and a young man, Alexandre (Vincent Perez), and their unconventional romance. Fanfan is studying for her certification in the perfume industry, and teaches acrobatics to children to support herself. Alexandre is living with a woman that he loves, but no longer lusts for. He believes all consummated relationships eventually become stale.  


Sophie is seen topless on the beach, and in the bathtub
When Alexandre and Fanfan meet, they are instantly smitten. Alexandre decides he doesn't want the feelings of longing and excitement and joy to ever end, so he decides to romance Fanfan, but not sleep with her. He also feels this is not cheating on his girlfriend. Fanfan is a normal woman with a healthy libido, and this arrangement drives her to distraction. Unlike most French love stories, this has a happy ending.
no DVD available
Scoop's comments:

It's a movie that is often considered a classic, consistent with Tuna's rating. The low 6.0 rating at IMDb makes no sense at all to me. I'm pretty sure IMDb is having some technical problem with their statistical model, because the median score is 9/10, 

41% of reviewers gave it a perfect score, and the arithmetic average is 8.2/10. Something just doesn't add up

The Critics Vote

  • none available

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 6.0. See notes above.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a B+. This is a film that is worth subtitles, if you can find a copy to rent.

Return to the Movie House home page