Directed by Eleonore Pourriat
Written by Ariane Fert, Eleonore Pourriat
Starring: Vincent Elbaz, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Pierre Benezit
Run-Time: 1h 38m
Genre: French, Comedy
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
I Am Not an Easy Man is a humor film with an obvious feminist agenda that manages to be more hilarious than preachy. Though at times the way this aspects of the story is presented is ridiculous, it manages to paint an interesting alternate universe where society is matriarchal. As a women, this sounds like a blessed idea, but the film does a good job of showing the importance for equality, that even in 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; including 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 were 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 think differently when it comes to women. This simple fact doesn’t bother me, but when a short scene included a shirtless women going on a jog my immediate thoughts were “God that must hurt!” Because, even in a society where it is totally okay for a women to be out shirtless its 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 basic 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 film, little things like this can affect the experience greatly.
In the end I gave the film a higher rating that its rotten tomatoes score, a solid 90%. It a good film to watch and a great discussion starter. I would recommend this film to anyone with interests in women’s studies and even anthropology for that matter! This film can be found on Netflix!