Beautiful Lies

"Very Good"

Beautiful Lies Review


Tautou reteams with her Priceless director Salvadori for another charming romantic comedy that plays with the stereotypical structure. Sure, we know exactly how it has to end, but getting there is thoroughly enjoyable.

Emilie (Tautou) runs a beauty salon with her friend Sylvia (Lagarde), but neither knows that their handyman Jean (Bouajila) has a crush on Emilie, who's intimidated by the fact that Jean used to work for the UN. When she receives an anonymous love letter, which she doesn't realise was written by Jean, she forwards it to perk up her lonely mother Maddy (Baye). But Maddy develops a correspondence with her "mystery lover" and eventually traces the letters back to Jean. So Emilie asks him to play along. Of course, he's not happy about this.

While the plot is pure farce, the film plays out in a gently sunny way, with brightly colourful photography and a constant sense of cheeky humour, even with Emilie's critical short temper and Maddy's wild fantasies. Neither of these women should be hugely likeable, but Tautou and Baye have such terrific screen presence that we sympathise with them even more when their characters do something wrong or stupid, which they do rather often. Meanwhile, Bouajila is simply adorable as the nice guy caught up in the mess, and yet he has a steely side that makes him more than a mere comical foil.

In other words, the film is so warm and happy that it's almost impossible not to enjoy it. While we know that Emilie and Jean are obviously destined to find each other, the script gleefully finds ways to push them further and further apart. These obstacles are actually believable for a change, and are sometimes rather heartbreaking. Even though this goes on a bit too long, it's entertaining to sit back and enjoy the increasingly messy journey.

Essentially the story is reminding us that we need to express our feelings, be truthful in our relationships and recognise love when we see it. Sure, these are things that everyone already knows, but if movie characters acted accordingly there wouldn't be any rom-coms on screen. And if we remembered them, we'd all live happily ever after ourselves.



Beautiful Lies

Facts and Figures

Genre: Foreign

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 8th December 2010

Distributed by: Pathé Distribution

Production compaines: Trinity Filmed Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer: Benoit Graffin,

Starring: as Emilie, Sami Bouajila as Jean, as Mady, Stéphanie Lagarde as Sylvia, Judith Chemla as Paulette, as le père d'Emilie

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The BFG Movie Review

The BFG Movie Review

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison,...

Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action....

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

With its fifth feature-length adventure, this franchise continues its preposterous journey at full tilt. As...

Keanu Movie Review

Keanu Movie Review

An entertaining hybrid of satirical comedy and action thriller, this madcap adventure swerves wildly between...

Ghostbusters Movie Review

Ghostbusters Movie Review

It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with...

Now You See Me 2 Movie Review

Now You See Me 2 Movie Review

While the original 2013 magical caper was a big hit, it's style-over-substance approach didn't exactly...

Advertisement
The Legend of Tarzan Movie Review

The Legend of Tarzan Movie Review

It's been nearly 30 years since the last live-action Tarzan movie, and yet it still...

Maggie's Plan Movie Review

Maggie's Plan Movie Review

A New York comedy with vivid characters and a contrived plot, this feels rather a...

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Movie Review

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Movie Review

Nearly 25 years after the sitcom debuted, Edina and Patsy arrive on the big screen...

Central Intelligence Movie Review

Central Intelligence Movie Review

After teaming up with Will Ferrell for Get Hard and Ice Cube for two Ride...

The Colony [Colonia] Movie Review

The Colony [Colonia] Movie Review

Based on a true story, this Chilean drama has a chilling edge to it that's...

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

Two decades is a long time to wait for a sequel, especially one starring much...

Elvis & Nixon Movie Review

Elvis & Nixon Movie Review

This movie is based on a real meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.