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Winter 2009 Edge series

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 4:00pm
Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by Pierre Salvadori

Screenplay by BenoƮt Graffin and Pierre Salvadori

Starring Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh

Rated 14A · 1h 44m
French and English

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This delightful French comedy features Amelie star Audrey Tautou and the charming Gad Elmaleh. Jean (Elmaleh) is a hardworking employee at one of southern France’s elite resort hotels. He is known for his excellent work ethic, but that changes after a chance encounter with sexy hotel guest Irene (Tautou). Bored with her wealthy and much older boyfriend/benefactor, Irene is looking for some excitement. She finds it with Jean, whom she believes to be another guest at the hotel. When she discovers that he is merely an employee there, she is furious, and wants nothing more to do with him. Jean tries to rekindle their affair, but Irene lets him know that she is only interested in men with money–lots and lots of money. Jean is broke and brokenhearted, until he crosses paths with another hotel guest–this one an older woman of considerable means. He soon finds himself living the high life alongside Irene and her own rich patron. But Jean is far more interested in romance than in riches, and the glitzy fun and games quickly come to a head. The film makes the most of its dazzling location, luxuriating in the wealth and beauty of the French Riviera. The story obviously owes a firm tip of the hat to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and indeed Tautou’s effortless grace and style do bring to mind Ms. Hepburn. In the hands of less skilled actors, the plot could have felt a bit flimsy, but Tautou and Elmaleh are so engaging, one can’t help but root for them and their romantic hijinks.