Friday, 4 July 2008

Hors de Prix (Priceless) Review

"And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffanys,
She said I think I remember the film,
And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it,
Well then lets remake it in French with Audrey Tautou"
(I always find direct comparisons of two films the epitome of lazy journalism but how often can you quote Deep Blue Something?)

Audrey Tautou is Irene (what an awful name, apologies to anyone called Irene) a hooker in all but name. She sleeps with rich old men so that they buy her sparkly stuff in the hope that one day they will marry her and she can lounge about by swimming pools looking all sexy. Her plan of action is interupted when she mistakes Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a down on his luck waiter, for a rich, young mark. Jean falls for Irene, Irene starts to crumble, cue Moon River.

I could quite happily watch Audrey (either Hepburn or Tautou) for ever and ever and ever. Its rare to find true movie stars that hold the screen and make me coo like a small feathery thing but both girls do it. And while this film is nothing more than a sex farce comedy (if it was made in English it would simply be called Carry On Ho'ing) its one that thanks to Audrey looking stunning it becomes a much more classy affair. The classiness is also helped by the setting and subtitles.

However, your enjoyment of the film may be tainted if you don't firmly believe that all rich people are bastards and deserve everything they get. It appears if you have wealth then you can be mugged off by anyone and its really all your fault. Which I agree with right now as I haven't two pennies to rub together. Fuck rich people, fuck em all. Just appreciate the irony that the filmmakers wine and dine in these 5 star hotels and restaurants every night, spitting on the service staff and doing coke off of whores backs. Except Audrey she's too lovely.

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