Hors de Prix
Pierre Salvadori :: France :: 2006 :: 1h43
Irène seduces older men to be able to lead the lifestyle she desires. One night, in a grand hotel, she mistakes Jean, the barman, for a wealthy guest. The game is up quickly enough for her, but Jean had fallen in love and quickly adapts himself to the change of rules to conquer her heart.
From the poster, the title (‘priceless’) and the opening credits, there is no mistaking that you are about to watch some light romantic comedy. In the style of Quatre Etoiles, we get to see Audrey Tautou playing the cynical seductress in a world of superficial wealth. If you are not a fan of Miss Tautou, there is really no point in watching this movie, as it hinges entirely on her capacities and her beauty. The simple story-line, predictable luxury scenery and side characters are not reasons to step into the cinema, as it offers nothing new.
Tautou’s role, which does not really convince, is none the less a pleasure to watch for her fans. The imagery brings out her beauty well, and combined with the clumsy hopeful Jean, they waltz you through the dream world of the Cote d’Azur in cinema. No doubt Jean could have been a little more credible as a Gigolo, and the side characters could have been stronger, but why pass up on a dream? Hors de Prix is the cinema equivalent of that timeless fascination with watching the little bubbles in your glass of Champagne as they rise: you know where it’s going, you know where it comes from, but it seems like magic none the less.