Boyfriends and Girlfriends

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Boyfriends and Girlfriends
Boyfriends and Girlfriends.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Eric Rohmer
Produced by Margaret Ménégoz
Written by Eric Rohmer
Starring Emmanuelle Chaulet
Music by Jean-Louis Valéro
Cinematography Bernard Lutic
Edited by María Luisa García
Distributed by Orion Classics (United States)
Release date
  • 26 August 1987 (1987-08-26)
Running time
103 minutes
Country France
Language French

Boyfriends and Girlfriends (French title: L'Ami de mon amie, also known as My Girlfriend's Boyfriend) is a 1987 comedy film directed by Éric Rohmer. The film stars Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir, Anne-Laure Meury.[1] The theme is the proverb "Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis" ("My friend's friend is my friend").[2]


Blanche is freshly installed in Cergy-Pontoise, a trendy new town near Paris. She has a new apartment, a new job with no one over and no one under her. She meets Léa at lunch one day, and soon she meets an acquaintance of Léa, Alexandre, who she approaches somewhat awkwardly. The film then follows the time-honored plot of exchange of relationships, as Blanche and Lea switch boyfriends. The name L'ami de mon amie would then literally mean the friend (male) of my friend (female) or perhaps the boyfriend of my girlfriend, ami meaning friend, boyfriend in this case, and amie being the female of the word ami with the same general and intended meanings.



This film receives generally favorable reviews from major critics, with 100% favorable rating from 9 critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Vincent Canby of New York Times praises the film highly, saying "L'Ami de Mon Amie is as clean and functional in appearance as the satellite city, but it's full of unexpected delights." Film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum[3] and Roger Ebert[2] also give the film a favorable rating.


  1. ^ "Review/Film; Rohmer's Own View Of the Mind Published". The New York Times. 15 July 1988. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (16 September 1988). "Boyfriends and Girlfriends". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (1987). "Boyfriends and Girlfriends". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 

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