Sunday, January 4, 2009

Very Enjoyable French Film -Hors de Prix

We watched this film last night, & it was funny & enjoyable. It reminded me of those Doris Day -Rock Hudson films, where someone is always pretending to be something their not. I read where the director based this film on Breakfast In Tiffany's

Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2008)
Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a shy waiter at a luxury hotel, pretends to be a millionaire and awakens the interest of Irène (Audrey Tautou), an adventurer who makes wealthy men pay for her bills. When Irène discovers who Jean really is, she escapes. However, Jean is in love and goes after her, finding her at Côte d'Azur. Pursuing her, he spends all the money to his name to pay for her presence, until he uses his final euro for "10 more seconds". When she leaves him for richer men and he is left with a hotel bill he can't pay, he is picked up by a wealthy widow and assumes the lifestyle of the one she pursues. Now that they are "equals", she teaches him the tricks of gold-digging and he soon wheedles a 30,000 Euro watch from his supporter. Jean and Irène steal away from their patrons at every chance they get, and eventually are caught kissing by Irène's patron. Furious, he leaves her with nothing but a sarong and the swim suit she is wearing. Jean sells his watch to buy her a week's stay in their hotel, a gorgeous evening gown, and the invitation to a party they both attend. Jean's patron is at first furious with his selling the watch, but is calmed and pleased when he gives her a beautiful pair of earrings he also bought with the money.

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