Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Hors De Prix
France, 2006. Les Films Pelléas, France 2 Cinéma, Tovo Films, France 3 Cinéma, KS2 Productions, Canal+, TPS Star, Wild Bunch, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée. Scenario by Pierre Salvadori, Benoit Graffin, Dialogue by Pierre Salvadori, Script Consultant Franck Bauchard. Cinematography by Gilles Henry. Produced by Philippe Martin. Music by Camille Bazbaz, David Hadjadj. Production Design by Yves Fournier. Costume Design by Virginie Montel. Film Editing by Isabelle Devinck.
Adorable comedy with a wonderful sense of style. A highly skilled bartender (Gad Elmaleh) at a posh French hotel is wowed by the beauty of a ruthless golddigger (Audrey Tautou) and doesn’t mind when she mistakes him one night for a wealthy guest and sleeps with him. When her current, older benefactor (Vernon Dobtcheff) discovers her infidelity, he dumps her and she comes to Elmaleh’s side and he, still obsessed with her, does his best to keep up with her material needs. It isn’t long, however, before he has spent his every last dime on her haute couture shopping requirements and is flat broke, prompting him to go into her line of work: a wealthy lady at a Riviera resort takes him on as her gigolo and Tautou, having been in the business for a while, coaches him on how to get the maximum result from the situation. Sunny photography and a delectable sense of romance make for a highly enjoyable romp with a perfectly sweet ending.