Something that Latin America has is a long tradition of cheap melodrama (soap-operas). The affect of this is clearly revealed through what we commonly know as Brazilian “beach” music (bossanova and samba). This includes songs like “Girl from Ipanema” and other elevator music clichés.
There is a clear non-ironic romantic reference to such music in this here film. And that’s all you need to know before you decide to invest in it.
I must say I am deeply dissapointed. I had been told Lelouch was worth my time and this film is his most acclaimed. But I’ve registered countless French romances and Lelouch here disregards them. Of course, he is caught up in editing tricks as comments on de-constructions, the kinda stuff Godard was spawning at that time. I’m sure that somehow this prevented any kind of thoughful storytelling and engaging dialog.
Film romance is tricky because we use it to relate to ourselves and our relationships. So I advise you to skip this at all costs. It may damage more than enrich any of your notions.