Blind Date (2015 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Clovis Cornillac|
Pierre Forette |
Mathieu Oullion (collaborating writer)
Lilou Fogli (story)
Mélanie Bernier |
|Music by||Guillaume Roussel|
|Edited by||Jean-François Elie|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures & Orange Studio|
|Box office||$3.6 million|
Blind Date (French title: Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément) is a 2015 French romantic comedy film directed by and starring Clovis Cornillac. The film also stars Mélanie Bernier, Lilou Fogli and Philippe Duquesne. It won the audience award at the 19th annual COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Best First Film award at the 2015 Cabourg Film Festival.
- Mélanie Bernier as Machine
- Clovis Cornillac as Machin
- Lilou Fogli as Charlotte
- Philippe Duquesne as Artus
- Grégoire Oestermann as Evguenie
- Oscar Copp as Dan
- Boris Terral as L'inconnu italien
- Manu Payet as the Picard cashier
- Arnaud Lechien as Paul
A shy girl (Mélanie Bernier) moves into her new apartment in Paris, helped by her sister Charlotte (Lilou Fogli). She longs to be a professional pianist, and has just moved out of the house of her piano teacher, Evguenie (Grégoire Oestermann). On her first night, she hears strange noises and a picture on her wall begins to move. Fearing a supernatural presence, she flees to Evguenie's house. As a teacher, Evguenie is harsh and critical, encouraging poise and technical perfection over emotion. The girl returns to her flat the next day, and realises that the noises are caused by her neighbour - a quiet and reclusive man (Clovis Cornillac), who barely ventures outside and whose only friend is the slovenly but kind Artus (Philippe Duquesne). He explains that the wall separating their apartments is hollow, and that any noise made in either apartment can be heard. Not wanting to be disturbed, he moves the picture to scare new tenants away from the flat, thus leaving him in peace. The girl refuses to be driven away by his behaviour.
The two live side-by-side, irritating one another with increasingly inventive noisy behaviour. Eventually, their mutual wind-up ends when the girl amplifies a metronome, and the man cannot bear it any more. When the girl is practising Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, the man finally speaks to her. He says that her playing lacks emotion, and encourages her to let go of her self-consciousness and to play the piece with real feeling. She follows his instructions, and the two become friends, talking to one another from either side of the wall. The man nicknames her 'Machine' ('Whosit') and the woman nicknames him 'Machin' ('Whatsit'). They become fond of one another, but decide that they should never meet face-to-face. However, they decide to 'date' - even 'introducing' each other to Artus and Charlotte either side of the wall.
In preparation for a competition, Machine invites Evguenie to her home for a final lesson. She explains to Machin that Evguenie can be unkind, and asks him not to intervene. However, Machin - angered by the way that Evguenie bullies and belittles Machine - ejects Evguenie from the house. Machine is furious, and decides that their relationship cannot continue. Machin asks to see her in person, but she refuses. Machin leaves the apartment, and talks to Artus about his feelings for her. Artus encourages him to see her in person, and suggests that he go to her audition to support her.
The day of the audition arrives, and Charlotte and Artus - unbeknownst to one another - both sit in the auditorium to listen. Machine begins to play a piece by Mendelssohn, but there is a disturbance from behind the wall at the back of the stage. It is revealed that Machin was listening from behind the wall, but he has been discovered by an employee, causing the commotion. The judges, unimpressed by her wooden performance, do not want to give her a chance to start again. However, realising that Machin has ventured into the outside world to hear her playing, Machine insists. She plays the Chopin instead, with great emotion. This performance impresses the judges. After the performance, Artus and Charlotte realise the other's identities, and are immediately attracted to one another. Evguenie comments disdainfully on her performance - angered by his continued negativity, hits him. She returns to her apartment, and confesses to Machin that she wished that she could have seen him after the performance - and that she wishes they could be together in reality. To her surprise, Machin knocks through the wall to her apartment, and they finally see each other for the first time.