In the press notes for this blithe comic fantasy, French writer-director Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Sorry Angel) remarks that he chanced upon realizing it after pulling back from an “overly respectable project”; he later states that he’d long wanted “to shoot a character thinking.” That for Honoré the two modes—deliberately light, yet still ruminative—go hand in hand is indicative of the discernible intelligence he injects into even his most insouciant fare. Chiara Mastroianni stars as Maria, a middle-aged professor who’s dallying with a student; her husband of two decades, Richard (Benjamin Biolay), learns about her indiscretion, which leads both spouses to question their relationship. Maria goes to stay at a hotel across the street, where she’s visited by people from the past, specifically Richard as a young man (Vincent Lacoste), Richard’s former lover Irène (Camille Cottin), and several other men with whom Maria has had affairs. It’s a pragmatic sort of magical realism, enchanting in its aim but weighted—albeit not too heavily—by Honoré’s cerebral interjections. Honoré notes that he was inspired by Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth, with Mastroianni intended to be a Cary Grant–like figure; this is also the first film he shot in a studio. The result is something akin to Hollywood romantic comedies from the 1930s, at once perceptive and entertaining. In French with English subtitles.