“I Wanna Be Loved By You” – Rediscovering ‘Poupoupidou’ / ‘Nobody Else But You’ (France 2011 – 102 mins)

Posted in Rediscover by - November 12, 2014
“I Wanna Be Loved By You” – Rediscovering ‘Poupoupidou’ / ‘Nobody Else But You’ (France 2011 – 102 mins)

“Only parts of us will ever touch parts of others” – Norma Jean Baker

A fairly recent movie, the multi-layered French feature ‘Nobody Else But You’ came and went without much notice outside of its native France. With its snowy setting and quirky characters, it slightly resembled ‘Fargo’, but with a ‘Twin Peaks’ air of mystery to it. Centering on the mysterious death of a Marilyn Monroe obsessive along with parallels to the real Monroe, it kept me riveted throughout.

While vacationing in Mouthe, the coldest town in France, writer David Rousseau (Jean-Paul Rouve) is intrigued by the death of beautiful local celebrity Candice Lecoeur (Sophie Quinton). Discovering that Candice thought herself to be the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe, Rousseau takes it upon himself to investigate. With the police chief believing it to be suicide, amateur sleuth Rousseau teams up with local policeman Bruno (Guillaume Gouix), and by studying Candice’s diaries he notices many similarities in Candice’s troubled life to that of Monroe, and is determined to prove that she was in fact murdered. The problem is that Candice’s last diary is missing, making it difficult to put together the final piece of the puzzle.

With a plot theorising on the death of Marilyn Monroe, and being a fan myself, it made the film even more enjoyable for me. Part comedy, drama, thriller and mystery, ‘Nobody Else But You’ works just as well as a standalone thriller. You cannot help but notice that the number 5 keeps appearing throughout, maybe in reference to Marilyn’s favourite perfume; Chanel No.5.

Jean-Paul Rouve is perfect as the scruffy, seemingly disorganised writer, who’s a lot smarter than he appears. Rouve is familiar to audiences for playing the father of Edith Piaf in the Oscar-winning ‘La Vie en Rose’ (’07). Pretty Sophie Quinton is suitably mysterious as the small-town girl naïvely thrust into the limelight. Thankfully, Quinton doesn’t try to impersonate Marilyn, so we get none of the trademark pouting or breathy whispers. It’s a very good performance and Quinton has continued to impress since her dual role in the 2003 thriller ‘Who Killed Bambi?’

Writer-director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu has put together a compelling puzzle while mixing in some dry humour, including a funny take on Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” moment. There is also a wonderfully shot commercial with Candice happily extolling a local cheese, before spitting it out afterwards. The ending is interesting in that it throws in a surprise in the actual death of Candice, perhaps even leaving the real culprits in the clear. It also transpired that Candice was a fan of Rousseau’s works, and had in fact written to him. Although sadly, the disorganized author had ignored her letter, much to his now regrets.

A film that improves with each viewing, ‘Nobody Else But You’ is a compelling mystery featuring cold characters in a cold climate. I’d like to think that cult status is assured for this minor gem. Oh, and if there’s another message in here, it’s that if you’re a successful writer – always read your fan-mail!

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