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PRICELESS (Hors De Prix)


Genre: Drama/Romance
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff, Jacques Spiesser, Annelise Hesme
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Rating: NC-16 (Brief Nudity)
Year Made: 2007







Languages: French
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Jean, a shy waiter working in a grand hotel, is mistaken for a young millionaire by beautiful, scheming adventuress Irene. When she discovers his lowly status, Irene beats a quick retreat. But love struck Jean has no intention of letting her escape, and pursues her to the Cote d'Azur. Quickly running out of money, he adopts his beloved's lifestyle, setting himself up as a gigolo and moving into a magnificent luxury hotel. Irene at last accepts this new Jean. She starts to give him advice, she grows closer and closer to him, not realizing that love is working its subtle magic on her too.


The impression that stuck with me the most after watching this finely-made French romantic comedy (the mention of the word ‘French’ already guarantees its quality) is how thin Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code, A Very Long Engagement) is. There are a few scenes in this film you get to see the actress’ bare back, and wow, the spine is amazingly boney!

But since I’m not a girl who wishes that I can as thin as the French actress, and that I’m not supposed to sound like some gossipy auntie at the marketplace, this review shall move on to discuss how finely made the movie is.

Tunisian Pierre Salvadori directs Tautou and a very earnest Gad Elmaleh in this story about a materialistic young lady who accidentally woos a shy bartender, thinking that he is a filthy rich suitor who can give her whatever she wants. And as all feel-good romantic flicks go, love blossoms between them and you can see a happy ending one quarter into the film.

However, you’d want to sit through this 102-minute movie because it is a pleasant ride where misunderstandings will milk some good-natured laughs from you. The wacky and genuine funny sequences may not be the most innovative you had seen, but the spot-on timings of the gags are a delight to enjoy. Being a French movie, you know they have the ability to be more creatively engaging than your usual Hollywood rom-com.

Elmaleh may not be the most dashing male lead you’ve seen around, but like fine wine, his character’s sincerity and occasional goofiness will grow on you, and eventually grow on Tautao’s money-oriented gold digger.

There is an exquisite enchantment throughout the movie that will hook your good taste for movies. Maybe it’s the pretty and fashionable costume design, maybe it’s the classy songs that make the soundtrack of the movie, maybe it’s the cast’s breezily comfortable acting, or maybe simply because this is a French film – you’ll be left impressed by the priceless magic of love by the end of the movie. Smiles guaranteed too.


This Code 3 DVD contains no bonus features.


The disc’s visual transfer makes Tautou and the entire picture look gorgeously classy, and soundtrack is presented in French Dolby Digital 2.0.



Review by John Li


. Priceless (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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