MR. & MRS. SMITH (1941)
1941, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Yes, there is a screwball comedy among the Hitchcock oeuvre, and a highly amusing one at that. When Robert Montgomery tells wife Carole Lombard that he wouldn’t marry her again, he soon regrets the joke - it turns out that, due to a technicality, their marriage was never valid, and that friend Gene Raymond has a thing for the suddenly available Lombard.

2008, IFC Films, 104 min, France, Dir: Josiane Balasko

Marco (Éric Caravaca) is a construction worker whose wife (Isabelle Carré) owns a beauty salon. When business dries up for both of them, Marco begins moonlighting as an escort - but main client Judith (Nathalie Baye) may be looking for more than sex from him. Both humorous and tender, with appealing performances from all three leads (and writer-director Balasko as Judith’s sister). In French and English with English subtitles.

2014, Cohen Film, 98 min, USA, Dir: Drake Doremus

Living with his wife and high school-aged daughter in upstate New York, Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) is a musician who finds his work as a piano teacher stifling - until the arrival of gifted pianist Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who is searching for fulfillment herself. That Sophie is also a British exchange student staying at Keith’s home makes their budding attraction even more problematic. Director Drake Doremus (LIKE CRAZY) handles what could be a formulaic situation with unusual sensitivity, aided by a top-flight cast that includes Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis.

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