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5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie En Rose
A Long Island Chauffeurs daughter is desperately in love with the youngest son of the family her father works for. Sent away to Paris for two years (partly to learn how to cook, and partly to cure her infatuation), she returns with a sophisticated new look, and finds that he is now infatuated with her.
As is clear from the above outline, and from the very beginning...
Published on 19 Sep 2003 by melaniejbaker2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Restrained romance triumphs over hard-nosed business
Audrey Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars. She was never going to win. This role isn't a patch on Anna/Anya in Roman Holiday, not that it doesn't have its charm. After a shaky start, with Hepburn delivering an articulate and wholly expressionless - even characterless - voice-over to set the scene, things start to improve, but its all rather shallow and...
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie En Rose, 19 Sep 2003
This review is from: Sabrina [DVD] [1954] (DVD)
A Long Island Chauffeurs daughter is desperately in love with the youngest son of the family her father works for. Sent away to Paris for two years (partly to learn how to cook, and partly to cure her infatuation), she returns with a sophisticated new look, and finds that he is now infatuated with her.
As is clear from the above outline, and from the very beginning of the film which starts with the line "Once upon a time there was a little girl...." this film is basically a fairy tale in which Hepburn's Cinderella gets to choose between the two sons of the fabulously wealthy Larrabee family. It features a wonderful cast - William Holden excels as the charming playboy David Larrabee (the original object of Sabrina's affections), and Bogart, somewhat cast against type as a romantic lead, shows a deft touch for comedy as older brother Linus, who attempts to disentangle his brother from Sabrina only to find himself falling for her too.
This is a tale which could easily become mawkish, but is kept from doing so by witty dialogue and wonderful physical comedy (Linus manipulating his brother into sitting down on a champagne glass, and then providing him with a hammock with a strategic hole cut out is my favourite, but there are many such moments). But this is Hepburn's film, and she is magnificent. Her transformation from gawky teenager to sophisticated young woman is entirely convincing, and she never looked lovelier.
Forget Pretty Woman, forget Maid in Manhatten, this film did it first and it did it better. Get a big bar of chocolate, unplug the phone, and sit back and enjoy the most beautiful face ever captured on film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic, Charming Little Film., 21 Jan 2011
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Often looked-over for more classic films by Hepburn such as 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' and 'Roman Holiday', 'Sabrina' is a sweet confection of 1950s Hollywood romantic-comedy.

In only her second role, Audrey Hepburn gives a beguiling performance as Sabrina, the daughter of the chauffer to a wealthy family. She is madly in love with one of the brothers in the family, the playboy David, but he barely knows she's alive. Sabrina is then whisked away to Paris to attend a cooking school (what follows is a few comedy sequences with an over-the-top French chef that admittedly is outdated but is still cute) and comes back as... well as Audrey Hepburn as we know her. Chic, sophisticated and elegant. Suddenly David takes notice, completley forgetting his new fiance, and his older brother (legendary Humphrey Bogart) steps in to save the day. Of course he ends up madly in love with Sabrina too.

Audrey sparkles in this, just like she does in most of her films, and even manages to make the relationship with Bogart seem believable (remarkable with the age difference). She is for the first time dressed in costumes by Givenchy, who would of course go on to style Audrey's look until the end of her life. The dress that she wears to the party is still gorgeous 60 years later!

To sum up, a wonderful little romance comedy that is sadly overlooked but will be treasured by Hepburn fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Cop Bad Cop of Romance and Passion, 22 Oct 2001
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A heartwarming visual feast of the upstairs/downstairs variety! A wonderful film that keeps you gripped and runs the gamut of human emotions: Sabrina's virtures contrasted with the snobbery of her own Father; Linus's commitment to work set against Brother David's frivolity; all taking place within a setting that allows for love to be ruled by society and parental ambition. Sabrina shines through with the class that Audrey Hepburn alone can bring, and, in the end you might just warm to Humphrey Bogart!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie En Rose, 10 May 2011
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D. A. Kirkland "book vampire" (Bergen, Norway) - See all my reviews
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I'd sadly never seen this original version before I bought the DVD, I'd only ever watched the newer harrison ford, greg kinear and julie ormand version. I'm so glad I didn't miss the opportunity of seeing the original. Not only is Audrey Hepburn enchanting, as always, but to see the transformation from sulky, sullen teenager to beautiful woman was worth seeing Billy Wilder's original masterpiece. Nothing could quite compare with the performance of all the cast, the stunning Givenchy outfit and Miss Hepburn's beauty.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isn't it romantic?, 1 Oct 2008
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sabrina [DVD] [1954] (DVD)
Everybody loves a good Cinderella story, especially if it has a dash of realism and a sense of humour. And unbaked souffles.

And methinks it also helps the case if you have Audrey Hepburn as the modern Cinderella-with-a-wit, which is the strongest point in the charming little romance called "Sabrina." While the chemistry between Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart is never entirely believable, the movie is as buoyant and whimsical as a summer daydream, but with way better dialogue ("Bounce please, ladies").

Sabrina Fairchild (Hepburn) is the daughter of the chauffeur at the palatial Larabee estate. She's also in love with the ne'er-do-well second son, David (William Holden) -- and even attempts suicide after seeing him with one of his many girlfriends, although she's rescued by David's stiff older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart). The next day Sabrina is sent away to Paris to attend a cooking school, where she meets a kindly old count who teaches her sophistication, ambition and confidence... as well as the ability to make a souffle properly ("A woman happily in love, she burns the souffle. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven!").

When she returns to the Larabees' estate, the lovelorn little chauffeur's daughter has become a clever sophisticated Parisian beauty (and a pretty good cook). David is instantly smitten. But even if marrying a chauffeur's daughter were okay with his family, Linus has arranged a business marriage for David for the family's newest innovation, which requires large amounts of sugar. And to make sure David doesn't run off with Sabrina, Linus begins wooing her too... and falling in love for real.

"Sabrina" is one of those shimmering romantic comedies that Hollywood once succeeded in whipping together every now and then, and which they now desperately try to imitate with cutesy scripts and arch performances. No such artificiality is present in this movie, though -- it's just a relaxed little romance that ambles through a predictable little plot, and is content to let itself to be illuminated by Hepburn's presence. No gimmicks, no cutesiness.

Part of "Sabrina's" charm is the way Billy Wilder handles the comedy aspect of it -- rather than playing everything for laughs, he simply lets the laughs fall like a shower of petals. There are some laugh-out-loud moments (David sitting on a pair of champagne flutes, and having to lie in a hammock with a cut-out for his injured bottom) but most of the humour is gentle and mildly mocking, such as Mr. Larabee standing in his son's closet so he can have a smoke. And the dialogue adapted from Samuel A. Taylor's play is no less adorable ("You make it sound so vulgar, David, as if the son of hot dog dynasty were being offered in marriage to the daughter of the mustard king").

And perhaps what makes "Sabrina" a really heartwarming experience is the sunny, hopeful attitude. Despite starting with an attempted suicide (which is thwarted in a very tongue-in-cheek manner), the movie soon decides to "throw open the windows and letting in... letting in la vie en rose." It's all about having dreams come true by refusing to run away from love or life, and being open to the suddenly curve balls that they throw you.

But even so, the movie would only be a sweet featherlight curiosity if it weren't for Audrey Hepburn, who was only in her second major movie. She's absolutely transcendent in her role -- bursting with sweetness, enthusiasm, confidence and an almost gleeful joie de vivre. And while she's never entirely convincing as a plain teenager, she is magnificent as a confident, stylish young lady who sweeps into a moneyed party in a black-and-white ball gown. And steals the show, of course.

And the cast supporting her is pretty brilliant -- William Holden is full of sprightly charm as David, Walter Hampden is hilarious as the brittle henpecked Larabee patriarch, and John Williams is quietly solid as Sabrina's long-suffering dad. Humphrey Bogart's gruff, slightly angular Linus is a nice foil for the exuberant Sabrina, but there's pretty much zero chemistry between the two leads. Perhaps it's because Bogart didn't like Hepburn in real life, or maybe their styles just didn't click.

"Sabrina" is a frothy, romantic little tale about reaching for the moon, filled with sparkling dialogue and still-fresh comedy. But its crowning gem is Hepburn, whose early performances showed what a brilliant actress she was.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes we have no bananas. But we have Sabrina., 30 Jun 2004
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There is the indoor tennis court and the outdoor tennis court. There is the indoor swimming pool and the outdoor swimming pool. There is an environment that has already captured your imagination be for the story starts.
Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is the chauffeur's daughter and must remember that there is a front seat and a back seat and a window in-between. However Sabrina has always had a crush on David Larrabee (William Holden) one of the owner's sons. After returning from Paris she has changed enough to play "What's my Line" with David Larrabee. David falls victim to the family will and is temporarily disabled. Linus Larrabee (Bogart), his brother, takes over as second string and must learn how to handle the young girl infatuated with David.
There are a lot of tender and comic scenes as she changes her target and he softens up. At first Bogart seems a little old for the part but he is such a good actor that it works.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hepburn's Best?, 20 Mar 2010
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Cameron Lilley "|| Sylar ||" (SY, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sabrina (Special Edition) [DVD] [1954] (DVD)
There's a whole long list of films that could take the title of being Audrey Hepburn's best, this one is certainly up there, battling it out with 'Roman Holiday', plus, you know, its got Humphrey-B playing along side her, and who doesnt love that guy. Build's gently to a heartfelt climax, definatly worth a watch. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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Very nice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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Great, love this film, reception very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hepburn film, 14 Mar 2014
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One of my favourite 'oldies'. Funny, well written.... and a good storyline (must be. ..The remake with Harrison Ford is just as good).

A good old romcom
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