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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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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.
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.
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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Lovely French rom-com that's less predictable than its American counterparts. Filmed in the pretty coastal town of Sète in the south of France, this is a quirky, humble and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lauren
Not actually had time to watch it yet... but confident I'll like it !!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty much a rubbish film, only able to endure it because of the French language. Audrey T's character I found unlikeable and yes you could see what the the film was trying to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah H.