Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Just To Be Sure' on SWITCHCast
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
New SWITCHCast episode out now! Click to listen to interviews with 'Rockabul's' Travis Beard and 'Thunder Road's' Jim Cummings.x
review, Just To Be Sure, Just, To, Be, Sure, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, François Damiens, Cécile De France, Alice De Lencquesaing, André Wilms, Guy Marchand, Estéban, Perrette Souplex, Aylin Mikaelian, Carine Tardieu film rating

JUST TO BE SURE

★★

A BAFFLING FRENCH FILM

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
30th November 2017

Walking into ‘Just To Be Sure’, I knew few things: 1 - It was French. 2 - It was a comedy. 3 - It received uproarious laughter and standing ovations at the Cannes Film Festival. Walking out of ‘Just To Be Sure’, I agreed with one of these things. It was most definitely French.

Erwan Gourmelon (François Damiens, ‘The Belier Family’) is an explosives expert who runs a company that handles all the leftover bombs and such in post-WWII Europe. He’s single and lives with his pregnant 23-year-old daughter Juliette (Alice de Lancquesaing, 'Heal The Living', 'Frantz'). During a routine doctor’s appointment for the baby to test for genetic diseases, Erwan inadvertently discovers that his father is not his father. Tracking him down, Erwan develops a relationship with his new dad and sister/potential love interest Anna (Cécile De France, 'Hereafter', 'Chinese Puzzle') while juggling this secret from his other father and a pregnant daughter who refuses to recognise her baby’s father.

'JUST TO BE SURE' TRAILER

So, ‘Just To Be Sure’ is a comedy? I’m not sure where the comedy is supposed to stem from. Is it Erwan’s job? Because if the highly dangerous job of bomb disposal is hilarious then I need to rewatch ‘The Hurt Locker’ because I grossly misinterpreted that film. Is it the constant arguments between a father and daughter about the rights of a father, and the rights of a baby to know their father? Is it the side-story of possible incest? I mean, I know ‘Game of Thrones’ has made it “cool”, but it’s still icky. Sure, there’s a comic foil played by Estéban (yes, just Estéban) who is the most bizarre looking Frenchman, ever. But other than his few memorable scenes, I failed to muster enough LOLs to consider this a comedy and not a sad drama about family dynamics with an incestuous undertone.

'Just To Be Sure' is a comedy? I’m not sure where the comedy is suppose to stem from.

Okay, so mentally I should switch gears and base my appraisal on this film as a drama, right? But that’s just it. 'Just To Be Sure' doesn’t seem to know what it is. It’s uncomfortable instead of being awkward. It’s sad when it should be sympathetic or endearing. And it’s cautious when it should be vulnerable.

François Damiens is always a delight and a favourite in French cinema, but this time his choice has missed the mark for me. Not quite a comedy, not quite a drama, but it is French. Take from that what you will.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 26/12/2017
RUN TIME: 1h 40m
CAST: François Damiens
Cécile De France
Alice De Lencquesaing
André Wilms
Guy Marchand
Estéban
Perrette Souplex
Aylin Mikaelian
DIRECTOR: Carine Tardieu
WRITERS: Carine Tardieu
Michel Leclerc
Raphaele Moussafir
SCORE: Eric Slabiak
www.justtobesure.com.au
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Just To Be Sure' on SWITCHCast 
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Triple Threat - The world's biggest action stars combined
TRENDINGWIN TRIPLE THREATThe world's biggest action stars combined
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion - An almighty family animation adventure
TRENDINGWIN ASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTIONAn almighty family animation adventure
Mean Girls - 15 years of fetch
TRENDINGMEAN GIRLS15 years of fetch
Chasing the Jet Stream - A wild adventure at great heights
TRENDINGCHASING THE JET STREAMA wild adventure at great heights
Top End Wedding - Outback fantastic
TRENDINGTOP END WEDDINGOutback fantastic
2040 - A hopeful look into our environmental future
TRENDING2040A hopeful look into our environmental future
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir - An endearing tale of destiny
TRENDINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIRAn endearing tale of destiny
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders - Your new playmates
TRENDINGJACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERSYour new playmates
Notting Hill's 20th anniversary - The essential romantic Richard Curtis
TRENDINGNOTTING HILL'S 20TH ANNIVERSARYThe essential romantic Richard Curtis
Rockabul - Changing minds through music
TRENDINGROCKABULChanging minds through music
Singled [Out] - Sex and four cities
TRENDINGSINGLED [OUT]Sex and four cities
The Heiresses - An escape from the gilded cage of privilege
TRENDINGTHE HEIRESSESAn escape from the gilded cage of privilege
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
TRENDINGBACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
The Sapphires - Great story, great music but lacks guts
TRENDINGTHE SAPPHIRESGreat story, great music but lacks guts
Dublin Oldschool - A flat and tuneless rave drama
TRENDINGDUBLIN OLDSCHOOLA flat and tuneless rave drama
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum - Third time's a charm
TRENDINGJOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUMThird time's a charm
Champions - A big-hearted crowd-pleaser
TRENDINGCHAMPIONSA big-hearted crowd-pleaser
High Life - A hypnotic and abhorrent sci-fi triumph
TRENDINGHIGH LIFEA hypnotic and abhorrent sci-fi triumph
The Captain America Trilogy - The finest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come to 4K UHD
TRENDINGTHE CAPTAIN AMERICA TRILOGYThe finest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come to 4K UHD
2:22 - Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
TRENDING2:22Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us