PricelessDecember 13, 2006
Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 7.0/10 (12,622 voted)
Critic's Score: 72/100
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam
On the Riviera with her elderly provider to celebrate her birthday, Irene slips down to the hotel bar when he falls asleep on her. She mistakes barman Jean for a well-healed guest and he encourages the deceit by taking her up to the Royal Suite for the night. A year later the same thing happens but this time her lover finds out and disowns her. Now knowing Jean is indeed a barman of little means doesn't stop her from continuing to live in style until his money is gone. He soon finds himself in Irene's business with older and worldly-wise Madeleine, and though Irene also takes up with a new paramour the two of them keep in increasingly close touch.
Writers: Pierre Salvadori, Benoît Graffin
La dame au chihuahua
La dame au dogue
Le responsable du bar à Biarritz
Jean de Coninck
Le client au cigare
La femme de chambre
Le serveur au restaurant à Biarritz
Le collègue de Jean à Biarritz
Le serveur au café François
On the French Riviera, Love, Passion and Romance come at a Price
Release Date: 13 December 2006
Filming Locations: France
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £125,433
(15 June 2008)
(15 June 2008)
Did You Know?
During a French TV show, the actress and singer Marie Laforêt announced her participation in the film, but in the end, she did not appear in it.
But charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm.
A Nutshell Review: Priceless
Transportation S$3.00 Movie Ticket S$9.00 Fried Chicken S$3.80 A Good
Movie That Entertains? Priceless.
Directed by Pierre Salvadori, Pricess is one heck of a delightful gem.
It is playful, cheeky, and boasts excellent chemistry between its
leads, which is crucial to pull off a romantic comedy so dependent on
their banter and interaction.
Audrey Tautou plays Irene, a high maintenance gold digging prostitute
who flits from one elderly man to another, in the hopes of seducing and
convincing them into marriage, while in the meantime milking all she
could from their company. It's haute fashion label dropping, living the
high life in expensive hotel suites, for free. In an uncontrollable one
night stand, she hooks up with waiter Jean (Gad Elmaleh), who while is
totally out of her league, falls hard for her, and becomes a constant
thorn in her side as she goes about her mission in life.
Not your usual romance movie where the bickering couple are expected to
kiss, make up, and bicker some more, Priceless does two things in its
narrative. One, in its reminder to the male suckers out there to be
wary of high maintenance women – if you don't have what it takes (and
that simply means a really fat bankroll), forget about it, as she'll
drain your finances as simply as it takes to gulp down a glass of
water. Two, perhaps it really does pay for those who are kept men and
women, if they don't mind trading their bodies for material pleasures
that a rich life can offer.
And from adversaries to partners in crime, Priceless sprinkles its
narrative with scenes like from The Guru, where tips and tricks of the
trade are shared, and played for laughs. And this is especially so with
Jean's natural charms mixed with Mr Bean like demeanor. Kudos actually
to actor Gad Elmaleh, who throws this constant innocent blank look,
when he's hamming it up pretending to be loaded, or practising turning
on his charms (consciously or otherwise). He brings to Jean a sense of
helplessness in falling for the woman of his dreams much against his
finances, and gives Jean that chivalrous character that will surely win
Fans of Audrey Tautou will reminisce her portrayal as Irene to be
similar to the quirky Amelie, only that this time round, she's the
complete slut whom you pity for having such a materialistic nature. Her
plunging necklines all the way down to the navel will no doubt raise
temperatures, and while noticeably older, has brought about a sense of
maturity from giggling girl to all woman.
Peppered with an excellent soundtrack, the best songs were kept for a
party scene, and for as many party scenes featured in various movies,
I'd rate this one as one of the most interesting, thanks to the key
music, characters, and the scene that plays out just right. With so
many elements working in its favour, I'd rate this as a contender for
the top movies of this year. Don't let this movie slip pass you in this
crowded blockbuster summer!