Priceless

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PRICELESS  is the perfect word to describe the warm & sexy charm of Audrey Tautou, star of this slight but delightful French farce from 2006, also starring the winning Gad Elmaleh, a gift to comedy hailing from Morocco.  He’s a barman in a ritzy hotel who is mistaken by golddigging Audrey as a man of wealth. He plays along—wouldn’t you?  Later, after some cheery shenanigans, reality surfaces but—will Love win out?

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Gorgeous color showcases the swank in Nice, Biarritz and Monte Carlo under smooth direction from Pierre Salvadori (who co-wrote), serving 106 minutes of bright, semi-naughty yet sweet-natured fun.

Lets be clear, planet: Ms. Tautou is so dreamy she sparkles: in a perfect world, she would live next door (with Marisa Tomei and Sofia Vergera across the street) and could feel free to just stroll in for a baguette whenever she darn well felt like it. Elmaleh’s likable hangdog recalls Buster Keaton, and his gift for slapstick lets charm win through instead of chaos. They’re a great team.5fcdddb13f

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Not hitting the US until 2008, the movie pulled a gratifying $28,000,000. Reviews were good, with a few carpers–some people can’t enjoy air. With Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff, Jacques Spiesser and Annalise Hesme.

 

 

 

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