Directed by Eleonore Pourriat
Written by Ariane Fert, Eleonore Pourriat
Staring: Vincent Elbaz, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Pierre Benezit
Run-Time: 1h 38m
Genre: French, Comedy
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
A shameless chauvinist gets a taste of his own medicine when he wakes up in a world dominated by women and locks horns with a powerful female author. (IMDb)
I Am Not an Easy Man is a humour film with an obvious feminist agenda that manages to be more hilarious than preachy. Though at times the way the aspects of the story are presented is ridiculous it manages to paint a fascinating alternate universe where society is matriarchal. As a woman, this sounds like a blessed idea, but the film does an excellent job of showing the importance of equality, and that even a truly matriarchal world has its own flaws. The characters are well-written and the presentation of this world is done well, with both obvious and subtle differences. It does a very good job of raising topics of discussion, regarding topics of toxic masculinity to the effect of a gender-dominated society.
The only true downside I could find in the film is some of the cultural differences in the matriarchal society that was hard to believe and therefore brought me out of my suspension of belief. The film features a number of scenes with shirtless women, a parallel to how our society has no problem with partial nudity of men but thinks differently when it comes to women. This simple fact doesn’t bother me, but when a short scene included a shirtless woman going on a job my immediate thoughts were “God that must hurt!” Because even in a society where it is totally okay for a woman to be out shirtless it’s hard for me to believe someone would be content running while shirtless. For those who don’t have breasts, let me tell you, it is not comfortable to run without some sort of support. Scenes with similar minor grievances are littered throughout the film, and while they do not detract from the primary storyline, I am going to consider them a negative of this film because they still managed to pull me out of this world. Even in a good movie, little things like this can affect the experience greatly.