Thursday, March 8, 2012

BEAUTIFUL LIES

Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila


"Sometimes a little white lie can change everything"



A French romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as Emilie, a perky somewhat eccentric beauty salon owner. Shy, sensitive Jean (Sami Bouajila) works as a handyman at the beauty salon and he is also madly and secretly smitten with his 'boss' Emilie. Jean decides to eloquently declare his feelings in an anonymous letter.

Oblivious to the fact that her mysterious admirer is Jean, Emilie retypes the letter and sends it anonymously to her mother, Maddy (Nathalie Baye), hoping to cheer her up. Maddy has been depressed, unable to accept that her husband, who left four years ago, isn’t coming back.

Then a whole gamut of bizarre and awkward situations of a mistaken romance rolls on by for an hour and 40 minutes. Even though the script had some snappy, funny little one-liners (in French, mind you!), certain parts could have done with some editing to make the story more coherent so the viewers' short attention span could stay focus and not be distracted with overlapping side plots.

It is only the superb performances of the cast (Tautou, Baye, and Bouajila) that redeems this rom-com. They are a great ensemble, who expertly play on the frustrated and strained relationships between their characters through some convincing onscreen chemistry.

The ever refreshing Audrey Tautou particularly stands out as Emilie by delivering a performance that is believable and endearing. And you know you are getting old when an actress from your youth like the elegant Nathalie Baye now portray mother with grown up children roles. But she still shines and gives a convincing portrayal of a woman in denial that needs quite a boost to her crushed self esteem.

A pretty average rom-com with the standard, predictable happy ending filmed entirely in French with English subtitles. Recommended for die hard Amelie, oops aka Audrey Tautou fans!

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