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Audrey Tautou - Audrey Hepburn
on 11 March 2017
"Priceless" is a wonderfully engaging movie starring the eye-catching French actress Audrey Tautou. It is loosely based on the concept of another "Audrey" movie - Blake Edward's "Breakfast At Tiffany's" (1961) with Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Tautou is marvelous in the lead role of Irène Mercier - a prostitute who catches wealthy older men in five-star locations on the Côte d'Azur. She accidentally meets Jean Simon - a hotel barman humorously played by Gad Elmaleh - and teaches him the arts of picking up wealthy patrons and performing for them - in and out of the bedroom. His lucky patron Madeleine is brilliantly played by Marie-Christine Adam. Her performance is reminiscent of Anne Bancroft's domineering Mrs Robinson in "The Graduate" (1967).
The film is full of twists and turns, it is nearly impossible to predict what is going to happen next. The glamorous location shots of Monaco and the wider Côte d'Azur add a backdrop of glitz and glamour to the highly amusing proceedings.
This version of the film is spoken in French, and has very accurate English subtitles.
Overall, a very enjoyable and entertaining production. You cannot help but compare the two Audrey's - Tautou and Hepburn. Although nobody can match the class of Hepburn, Tautou comes close with her performance in "Priceless".