BECAUSE OF THE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW WE STRONGLY ADVISE TO WATCH THE FILM FIRST.
The best way to regard Juliette Morice’s film is starting from the title: ‘The Fruit of Love and Chance’. So while the film unfolds, the secret words prove to be love and chance. ‘The fruit’ is obviously a reference to a child pregnancy. But the fruit in our present case is caught between ‘love’ and ‘chance’. What captured our attention was this exact way of being caught in between the two above mentioned. Both love and chance don’t point on the ideal side this time but towards a double drama of the couple trying to have a child.
The first aspect – ‘love’ – is supposed to create an environment of harmony for the future baby and also to connect the two parents emotionally in such a way that the ‘chance’ appears. However, things are very differently understood by the two: while the father is trying to deal with the whims of the future mother, which constantly minimises his merits going as far as humiliating him in public, she neutralises the last remains of emotional connection with him. The man can’t eventually put up with her anymore and decides to leave her.
Despite the intense tension between them she probably starts realising things and decides to reach for one last try with him. But when he is not to be found she forces things by as far as arranging a meeting without him being aware.
Her final try is strongly connected by the other secret word, which will bring quite a harsh ending to the film. But we’re not going to disclose it.
Overall the film is technically well made and the actors do great but what the film will surprise through is director Juliette Morice’s moralising message.