Stéphane Brizé – Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé AKA Not Here To Be Loved (2005)


Enormously charming and affecting, “Not Here To Be Loved” tells the story of world weary Jean-Claude (Patrick Chesnais) who, tired of his thankless job as a bailiff, decides on a whim to shake himself out of his rut by enrolling for tango lessons. There he meets Françoise (Anne Consigny), who is learning to dance in preparation for her impending wedding. Recognising in each other a mutual longing for something more from life, Jean-Claude and Françoise put aside their natural reserve and a tentative friendship develops that may just turn their lives upside down. Played with great depth and subtlety by Chesnais and Consigny, Stephane Brizé s film is a tender and beautifully observed study of two people who have who have never quite learned to love or be loved. ( Continue reading