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Beautiful Lies [DVD] (2010)
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Emilie (Audrey Tautou) puts all her heart into running her busy hairdressing salon in sunny South of France. Meanwhile, her mother (Nathalie Baye), has had her heart broken, and needs love. When Emilie starts receiving anonymous love letters, she decides to send them on to her mother, sparking confusion, complications and dilemmas when the secret admirer (Sami Bouajila) is revealed. Beautiful Lies is a refreshing comedy of errors from the director of Priceless and the star of Amelie and Coco before Chanel.
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Matches the heights of Amelie... An enchanting romantic comedy --Marie Claire
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The film would have been even more enjoyable were Audrey Tautou a bit more restrained and subtle in her performance, but to be fair to her, she is only trying hard to be as obnoxious as possible, just the way her central role demands. In stark contrast, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila and Stéphanie Lagarde are just adorable in their performances. My favourite character in the movie however is Paulette played by Judith Chemla, an actress to watch in the future. Being the hapless apprentice who is precariously wedged between two strong and bossy women, she is hilariously out of her depth and is endearingly close to tears much of the time.
‘Beautiful Lies’ is a lot less soppy compared to its Hollywood counterparts and therefore is a refreshing and memorable film. However matching it to ‘Amélie’, as the hype suggests, does not do justice to Jean-Pierre Jeunet, because his is a groundbreaking master-class that still inspires filmmakers word over!
However, something was not quite so appealing as other films that Audrey Tautou has appeared. Obviously the strongest marketing point for this film was Audrey, apparently this film was written for her in the first place, and it's a pleasant film, but it needs to be supported by other elements such as a good script and editing. I like slow films that are often seen in European films, and the colours and the casts were good too, but I think Audrey's part was somewhat 'buried' with her mother's character, as the mother is one of the main characters in this story. If Audrey hadn't been in this film, I doubt if it would have even made it in cinemas in the UK at all, and the DVDs would have been released only in France and Japan with no English subtitles (because you can always find 'super rare' films in Japan).
To be honest I have a mixed feeling about this film, so I give three ★★★☆☆ but if you like French films in general (and if you are a Audrey fan), I would recommend you watch it maybe once. The best things for me personally (apart from Audrey) were the blue skies and peaceful atmosphere throughout.
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