- Director: David Lambert
- Writer: David Lambert; Tom Lanoye
- Producer: Lilian Eche; Anne-Marie Gélinas; Jean-Yves Roubin
The plight of economic émigrés is a difficult subject at the best of times. Add duplicity and deceit...with these two [extra] ingredients, every case instantly becomes a minefield for heated debate and furious argument...and, a terrifying resurgence of a right-wing politic! The question that the 'angry' never ask themselves is: What would you do for a better life? If they answer truthfully...all that rage should evaporate.
Indeed, a massive and contentious subject...not exactly the required material for a comedy!
These oh-so disparate lives - they don't come any more disparate - gay/straight, white/black, man/woman, European/African, oil/water...nor do they come any more desperate. Money matters, money talks...money can make [some of the] problems go away. Money and desperation make people do crazy things...like marrying your complete opposite...not out of love...but, for a little bit of security.
This is a film that shifts form in the blink of an eye...from being an endearing, gentle comedy [of manners] to scorching social comment to something that cannot be mentioned...as it will ruin the film! Expect a few surprises...the biggest one being how perfectly matched this oddest of odd couples actually are!
It's a wee delight...and, the chemistry is electric!
Martin, a 50-year-old widowed gay man living in Brussels, enters into a marriage of convenience with 20-year-old Congolese immigrant Tamara. Different in every way, these two people do all they can to convince the authorities that their marriage is real - and end up loving each other, each in their own way.