Beautiful Lies

Fans of Audrey Tautou would be delighted to know that she has once again collaborated with director Pierre Salvadori (Priceless) for her latest film, Beautiful Lies or, in french, De Vrais Mensonges.

Audrey Tautou (Coco Avant Chanel) plays 30-year-old Emilie, hairdresser and advisor to her many customers and friends. That is, except for her own mother. Her hunky handyman, Jean (Sami Bouajila) is madly in love with her but his chronic shyness keeps him from declaring his love. Alas, when he finally gathers enough courage to do so in the form of an anonymous passionate love letter, Emilie unwittingly forwards it to her depressed mother (Nathalie Baye), who has recently fallen out of love, in a bid to cheer her up. Chaos ensues when both ladies fall for the same guy.

We would usually stop here in fear of spoiling it for you, but Beautiful Lies is unfortunately doomed with a more or less predictable plot. Though strange enough, the younger lass is portrayed to have a much suppressed sex drive compared to her mother. And while she delivers some quick laughs in this film, she is not easily confused with Amelie as with her previous film.

Despite all these, the tall tale holds its ground with its charming leads, formulaic but welcome love story, and the well-directed cinematography. At slightly under two hours, this self-caused predicament by lovable Tautou – who later regrets bitterly and melodramatically – remains a must-watch for her fans and a feel-good rom-com for a relaxed afternoon.

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