Love in First Class

As delighfully French as a simple fromage blanc with fruits rouges, Love Is in the Air (Amour et Turbulences) is a romantic comedy confection starring Ludivine Saigner and Nicolas Bedos as star-crossed former lovers. Three years after their tumultuous breakup, they wind up seated next to each other in first class on a flight from New York to Paris. The film ping-pongs from the couple verbally sparring during the 6-hour jaunt to flashbacks of their relationship, which are sumptuously filmed all over the City of Light.

French women may never get fat, but they suffer the same dating drama as their counterparts everywhere. Jealousy rages between the artistic girlfriend and her man-about-town. She comes off as neurotic, demanding he delete his Facebook account. But he, too, goes a bridge too far in an effort to keep her close to him.

The Eiffel Tower has a supporting role in the movie’s most spectacular backstory, although a montage featuring Paris locations made of collaged materials also jazzes up a plot whose ending will come as no shock. How it gets there, though, has its surprising turns. Love Is in the Air is highly recommended for romantics and lovers of all things Parisian. It opens in cinemas January 31 in NYC and LA. You can view the trailer here.

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