In the tradition of love stories with crisscrossing characters, Just to be sure (Ôtez-moi d’un doute) is the latest newcomer from France. The movie, directed by Carine Tardieu tells a story of Erwan Gourmelon (François Damiens), a single father who discovers that he is actually not genetically related to his father. He enlists the service of a private investigator who discovers the strongest lead for a biological father – Joseph Levkine (André Wilms). Things get complicated when Erwan falls in love with Joseph’s daughter – Anna (Cécile de France) – the doctor in the village. Things get messier when Erwan’s dad – Bastien (Guy Marchand) – who doesn’t know that Erwan has tracked down his biological father – tries to accelerate his relationship with Anna.
It’s essentially and unashamedly a crowd-pleaser, something light and entertaining at the end of the year when things get hectic with Christmas and the festive season. The actors make the movie somewhat fresh and entertaining, despite the usual twists and turns. François Damiens is perfect as somebody who is caught in a confusing emotional maelstrom, and Cécile de France is charming as the independent, no-nonsense doctor who is yearning for a partner as well. The film is also well-seasoned with good soundtrack – such as the emotion-laden song Ma fille by Serge Reggiani, and Barry Sisters’ yiddish song Chiribim Chiribom.
If you want to get away from the latest mass offerings from Hollywood – but you don’t want to be overwhelmed by arthouse or indie movies, Just to be sure may be just the film you’re after!