Monday, June 20, 2011

Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)

Director: Pierre Salvadori

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila, Stephanie Lagarde, Judith Chemla, Cecile Boland, Didier Brice, Daniel Duval.

A farce (what else?), featuring two of France's most beloved actresses, Nathalie Baye and Audrey Tautou. The story tells of a young, provincial hairdresser, Emilie (Audrey Tautou) who desperately wants to help her love-starved mother, Maddy (Nathalie Baye). When Emilie receives a beautifully written anonymous love letter [from her estranged maintenance man, Jean (Sami Bouajila)] she sees a perfect opportunity to make her mother smile again. Emilie copies the letter and sends it to her mother who is overjoyed to receive it and all the more determined to find the author of the letter. Complications ensue (of course) when Maddy expects more letters (which then need to be written by Émilie less eloquently). Chaos prevails when Jean is entrusted to post one of the anonymous letters by Émilie, but instead decides to deliver it in person. Good performances throughout in this feel good chick flick farce.

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