In "My Other 'Husband,' " Alice (Miou-Miou) commutes between her country spouse, Vincent (Eddy Mitchell), and her city spouse, Philippe (Roger Hanin), neither of whom is aware of the other.
How did Alice come to this pretty state of affairs? Well, years ago, Philippe left her to pursue his career as an airline pilot; she started another family with Vincent, but bumped into Philippe and their son Simon (Rachid Ferrache) in Paris one day and took up with him again as well.
So she shuttles back and forth between them. She goes through her daily round, working for a surgeon in Paris, as a therapist in Trouville. She hangs out with her girlfriends and they all giggle a lot. The precocious Simon spouts Marxist theory, infuriating his father. Alice is bathing the boy when Philippe hears a crash and runs into the bathroom. Alice and Simon splash him.
"My uniform!" Philippe says.
That is, er, the punch line.
Now, if you're getting the idea that this isn't exactly "The Captain's Paradise," you're right. "My Other 'Husband' " has a classic farce structure, but there's no farce in it -- it's hard to remember a flatter or more aimless comedy (although there may have been one last week). On the other hand, director Georges Lautner forgets to give the film any kind of moral center: Alice is deceiving her men and, in a way, using them, but while the tension gets to her after a while (she does some blubbering), she never thinks she's doing anything wrong. It never occurs to Lautner that she might feel guilty, or that she might feel she should feel guilty. The movie's neither immoral nor moral -- it's just slipshod.
Miou-Miou parades her Quiet Womanhood, and that's supposed to be enough; in "My Other 'Husband,' " she's supposed to be plugged into something that the men, who are both fools, can't understand, but must acquiesce to. "I have a sense of humor, but it doesn't go this far," says Philippe. He's not the only one.
My Other "Husband," at the Circle MacArthur, is rated PG-13 and contains some mild sexual situations.