“We can’t see each other. We made a pact. It would ruin everthing.”Machin
A breezy French romcom that hits every cliché in the genre, Blind Date is still enjoyable due to the chemistry between its leads. Mélanie Bernier in particular sparkles as a sweet but socially awkward pianist. As usual for the genre, the film is riddled with plot holes and its central conceit requires the leads to make an inexplicable choice: in this case, neighbours with paper-thin walls find their initial antagonism develops into a connection but they agree never to meet in person. A blossoming relationship physically separated by a wall does make for interesting viewing during a COVID-19 lockdown. Aside from the ludicrous ending, the most originality with the concept is a charming dinner party scene where the leads each invite their best friend in order to introduce them to the novel relationship. Blind Date‘s attempt to use classical music as a plot point to conjure artificial depth never quite succeeds, but it is still a plesant backdrop in this slice of easy entertainment.
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