Priceless (2006)

PIERRE SALVADORI

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, , Dialogue by Pierre Salvadori, Script Consultant .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Adorable comedy with a wonderful sense of style. A highly skilled bartender () at a posh French hotel is wowed by the beauty of a ruthless golddigger () and doesn’t mind when she mistakes him one night for a wealthy guest and sleeps with him. When her current, older benefactor () 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.

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