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On the french riviera, nothing comes cheap and when it comes to men, irene has very rich taste. One night, she is duped at her own game. Her knight in shining armor turns out to have no shine at all. Irene, however, is the woman of jean's dreams. The only way to win her back is to turn the tables on her.


Studio First Look Home Entertain
SKU 208606916
UPC 687797126092
UPC 14 00687797126092
Format DVD
Release Date 11/18/2008
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Review A gold digger on the French Riviera unexpectedly meets her match in a mild-mannered bartender in "Priceless." Bittersweet comedy's perfectly chosen multigenerational cast ably demonstrates that if money can't buy love, it sure can purchase lots of obsequious service from four-star hotel staffers and costly goodies from laughably pricey boutiques. Co-scripter/helmer Pierre Salvadori serves up an enjoyable riff on genuine romance versus the pay-as-you-go variety...Versatile Gad Elmaleh's gift for sly physical comedy and winning facial expressions is deftly exploited in his perf as Biarritz hotel employee Jean...With an attention to wardrobe and accessories that's a language unto itself, pic employs acerbic humor to paint a landscape in which everything can be bought or sold and authentic emotion is a professional impediment...Delicate ellipses spare us the sight of young flesh servicing old. Salvadori shows us instead what can be shown: caviar and champagne, sumptuous lobbies, bespoke wardrobes and dreamy scenery...Ernst Lubitsch's "Trouble in Paradise" pioneered this template in 1932, but helmer provides a better-than-average update whose morally queasy elements are mostly eluded via dandy thesping...Sun-drenched lensing and peppy score keep any hint of sordidness at bay.
Reviewer Lisa Nesselson
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review To step back and actually look at what "Priceless" is about is to realize that it tells a pretty tasteless story about tainted characters who do some ugly, degrading things...That the movie doesn't feel that way, not one bit - that it instead feels light and bouncy and romantic - is a real achievement. Stop laughing long enough, and you'll see that it's a picture about compromised lives and love for sale. But no one who watches "Priceless" will stop laughing for that long...This, to me, is the fun of "Priceless," that double thing - the harshness wrapped in a pretty package. The movie stars Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh, who are about the only French stars that it's almost impossible to imagine having an active sex life. Their aura of innocence helps...It's pretty to look at, often very funny, but it corrupts its audience as it corrupts its characters. Elmaleh ("The Valet") is an excellent physical comedian with an expressive, big-eyed deadpan that he surely knows is reminiscent of Buster Keaton. (I think he's intentionally doing Keaton, and doing him well.) As for Tautou - the highest-paid actress in France - she has passed through her gamine phase and is fortunately through her sullen phase ("The Da Vinci Code"). Now she's getting laughs while playing a sleek and stylish woman. She has grown up, and adulthood suits her.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
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Desson Thomson, The Washington Post Tautou is a delight, as always, using her bubbly personality to comic advantage.
Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal Calls to mind Lubitsch's "Trouble in Paradise" and beguiles all the way from the parade of umbrellas decorating the opening titles to the closing credits.
Ken Fox, TV Guide The lovely Audrey Tautou and sad-eyed Gad Elmaleh are perfectly cast as a gold digger and the poor sap who loves her...
Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian ...a fun and attractive ride.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle ...a supremely satisfying confection -- a French romantic comedy of the sort that ends with you standing outside the theatre with a dopey grin on your face.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Tautou's kind of talent: priceless.
Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club Unlike Salvadori's previous comedy, 2003's "Apres Vous," "Priceless" is less preposterous, and more grounded in character.
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