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Beautiful Lies: Movie Review

By tvnz.co.nz's Darren Bevan

Published: 3:46PM Monday September 19, 2011

  • Beautiful Lies

Beautiful Lies

Rating: 6/10

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila

Director: Pierre Salvadon

Amelie's Tautou stars as Emilie in this French romantic comedy about little white lies.

Emilie is a partner in a hairdressing business - one day she receives an anonymous love letter from Jean (Bouajila) who works with her. But she dismisses it and carries on with her life.

However, realizing her mother Maddy's yet to recover from her father walking out on them four years ago, she decides to take that letter and retype it, changing the intended addressee and sending it to her depressed mom.

But, that rejuvenates Maddy  and sets in motion a chain of events which spirals out into farcical consequences.

Tautou is perfectly fine in the role; one minute all wide eyed and the next haughty and cross; while she has a bit of spark about her, it's only really at the start of this film that you're carried along with the premise. About a third of the way in, it becomes a little too farcical for you to care as the misunderstandings escalate and a somewhat strange situation/ triangle develops between Jean, Maddy and Emilie.

Beautiful Lies is a piece of French fluff; beautifully shot in a bright French town - it has all the breeziness within but is insubstantial and instantly forgettable.

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