Trop Belle Pour Toi! [VHS]
In this French comedy of modern manners, Gérard Depardieu plays a successful businessman with a beautiful wife, who finds himself uncontrollably attracted to his older, somewhat dowdy and overweight secretary. Directed by Bertrand Blier.
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It has been a while since I watched this film, so I'm not sure how accurately I remember it, but I was so surprised by the low marks, I wanted to add my interpretation, and why I liked it.
This is the story of a(n early) middle-aged, middle-class man and the two women in his life. His wife, Florence, is all classic icy French beauty, his mistress is all heart, with an irrepressable lust for life and a close, lively and loving family, but no great looker. By reversing the expected personas of wife and mistress, Blier makes a much more interesting film. It explores the nature of attraction quite well and doesn't come to the standard "beauty isn't everything" conclusion. Depardieu's character eventually ends the relationship with his mistress, but does he live happily ever after with his wife? or does he stay because every other man around thinks he would be mad to leave? Pretty much all of the other male characters have fantasies about Florence, some of which are acted out. Or are they? You aren't quite sure when the action is real life and when it is fantasy, as sometimes what you think is real has bizarre touches and sometimes what you think is fantasy has prosaic ones (oily marks on the immaculate cream dress for example). I think this works well, sometimes fantasy, especially sexual fantasy perhaps, can be more vivid than real life.
I love this for its exploration of themes, as a slice of French life, for the (mostly well-rounded) characters, for Gerard Depardieu (who is never bad in French films, Hollywood ones are another matter), and for its ambivalence, it would be a poorer film if you really knew the future, as would life.
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humdrum kitchen sink drama that roams a bit, nothe storyline, the scenery.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dreadful film, one of the worst Gerard ever made I think, and he's made a few stinkers. Slow, dreary, unbelievable storyline...you name it. Waste of money.Published 15 months ago by Peter Quick
One of my favourite films! It's unique, rudely honest, Passionately funny, empoweringly sad and so human...Published 15 months ago by Violette
I first saw this film many years ago. It was the first Gerard Depardieu film that I had seenad I instantly fell in love with his acting technique and his delivery. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Derek
Depardieu wears a very large jacket . He has a wife who we are frequently told is very pretty , although she seems very thin and irritating to me . Read morePublished on 15 July 2011 by cartoon