In his directorial debut, loosely adapted from Spike Lee’s classic She’s Gotta Have It, French director Mathieu Kassovitz introduces us to Lola (Julie Mauduech), a university student who’s juggling two boyfriends. When Lola discovers that she’s pregnant, she does what any practical girl would do: She gathers her lovers together and announces her pregnancy, as well as her plans to keep the baby, to them both at the same time. Fueled by the fact that neither of them knew about the other, warring feelings of betrayal and possessiveness for Lola and her unborn cause the two men in her life to bicker endlessly, driving an irritated Lola to visit her family in Martinique for a few months and take a break from their drama. Lola wants both Felix (played by Kassovitz himself), and Jamal (Hubert Kounde), but she also wants a love free from possession, which neither man seems to be able to provide.
Upon her return, the lovers agree to be there for Lola for the duration of her pregnancy. This proves easier said than done, however, since Felix, a poor Jewish bike messenger, and Jamal , a rich African Muslim, the son of a diplomat, argue not just about Lola and the paternity of the impending baby, but about everything from race, to religion, to class.
In this charming and hilarious slice of life film, conventional ideas of love, commitment, and family are constantly challenged, and as this unlikely trio work towards understanding and harmony in their home, so are our ideas of friendship.
I give this one 4 stars.