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  • Actors: Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila, Stephanie Lagarde, Judith Chemla
  • Directors: Pierre Salvadori
  • Format: Anamorphic, Subtitled, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Trinity Filmed Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LVDECE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,362 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Special Features:

- Exclusive Interview with Audrey Tautou
- UK Theatrical Trailer

Review

Matches the heights of Amelie... An enchanting romantic comedy --Marie Claire

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I love Audrey Tautou, and I have seen almost every movie she has been in with the exception of maybe two films. When I read that this film was from the same director as 'Priceless', I had to purchase it (I was overseas during the time that it played in theatres, otherwise I would have seen it then). I expected this film to be just as great as Priceless, but it wasn't. There was something that felt a bit off/underdeveloped in terms of the plot and the directing seemed a bit 'free-style' for my taste. Audrey Tautou was lovely, but her character just didn't seem to have a strong goal/intentions as I have seen in other films. One of her greatest gifts as an actress is that she is so clear about who she is. In this film she seemed a bit wishy-washy, and it seems to be a directing flaw, not an acting one. However, all of the actors were spot on and gave wonderfully entertaining performances. I enjoyed the film and even watched it twice. I just didn't love it as much as I have loved other Audrey movies for the reasons I just mentioned. Hence, four stars, not five. But I do think it is worth watching as the actors are top notch and cinematography-wise there are a number of very pleasing moments.
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2011
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This is the latest in a spate of well-made, "feel good" films flowing out of France. Any irritation over its silliness is offset by the magnetic presence of Audrey Tautou, as Émilie Dandrieux, the to be honest rather capricious and devious joint owner of a hair salon. Not realising that an anonymous love letter has been sent to her by Jean, the salon's handsome odd-job man, Tautou retrieves this from the waste bin, and uses it verbatim to concoct a letter from an imaginary secret admirer to her mother Maddy. Émilie is convinced that this will serve to shake Maddy, sympathetically played by Nathalie Baye, out of her longstanding grief over being abandoned by her callous husband.

In the style of true French farce, the misunderstandings pile up as you may well imagine.

There are many amusing scenes, as when Émilie is forced to admit that she has sacked Jean, because the discovery that he is multilingual and Harvard- educated (he's lost his position as an interpreter owing to a nervous breakdown) makes her feel inadequate and uncertain about how to speak grammatically in his presence.

The denouement is cringe-making in places, the emotions superficial - except for Jean's at times inexplicable fancy for Émilie - and the ultimate happy ending not in doubt, but a little light-hearted entertainment probably never did anyone much harm, and it is a way of practising one's French. You may also like the fact that the main characters are all flawed in various ways, especially Émilie, which may make them appear more human.

My only query is why the title was changed from "De Vrais Mensonges" which translated literally as "Real Lies" seems more apt.
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Watched this movie for Nathalie Baye who epitomizes the quintessential French intelligence, elegance, beauty, humour. So far, I was never disappointed by her movies.
Not a fan of Audrey at all, except for Amélie. Here, she is very refreshing.

Unfortunately, subtitles will never convey the refinement and unique nuance layering of the French language, especially in comedies (Loved Bienvenue chez les Chtis & Les Untouchables). Haute Couture dialogues.
The apprentice's facial expressions were irresistible. Jean's character was so moving and acting was perfect.

Always winning team = French humour + USA/UK soundtrack music.
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A quirky plot, which some here have described as "implausable" and "feel good", but so what? it is not full of violence like typical conspiracy movies where guns rule, but explores in typical way that French films can and do, odd angles and with many humerous and touching moments. The setting of the Salon and the sunshine of the south of France along with some interesting music, gives a relaxed and charming context as the whimiscal plot unfolds.. as with "Crustacés et coquillages" and Amelie, and also the excellent "Mic-Macs - (jean-pierre jeunet ) clearly, if you don't like French films or reading sub titles - watch something else!.. but for those who enjoy the completely different way that life can be seen and is often explored in French movies, give it a watch..
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Format: Blu-ray
This romantic comedy is delicious to watch, thanks to Pierre Salvadori’s witty script and intelligent direction. Beneath the romantic sugar-coating, it actually is quite a compelling study of how modern and liberated women strive to balance their personal lives with their professional goals.

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!
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