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Too Beautiful for You (1989)
"Trop belle pour toi" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  April 1990 (USA)
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A car dealer, well-to-do and with a beautiful wife, finds himself attracted to his rather plain new temporary secretary. Despite her own commitments she feels the same and the two soon ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colette Chevassu
Bernard Barthélémy (as Gerard Depardieu)
Florence Barthélémy / La voisine de Colette
Pascal Chevassu
Roland Blanche ...
Myriam Boyer ...
Denise Chalem ...
Didier Bénureau ...
Philippe Loffredo ...
Stéphane Auberghen ...
Jean-Louis Cordina ...
Jean-Paul Farré ...
Le pianist
Richard Martin ...
Man on the Tram
Philippe Faure ...
Le mari de Colette
Juana Marques ...
La fille


A car dealer, well-to-do and with a beautiful wife, finds himself attracted to his rather plain new temporary secretary. Despite her own commitments she feels the same and the two soon embark on an affair. Though it would seem it has happened before his wife finds this particular entanglement of her husband's very difficult to accept Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Comedy | Drama


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April 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,776,440 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Colette Chevassu: Beauty hurts.
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Referenced in Dead Tired (1994) See more »


Oeuvre de Francis Lai
Editions 23 - Paris
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too boring for me
16 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Bertrand Blier is the French Pedro Almodovar: cynical and shocking. Either you love, either you hate his movies. Some of them have divided French public due to their shocking contents, notably "Les Valseuses" (1974). "Trop belle pour toi" appears like an exception in his work. It means that taste of Blier for provocation is less pronounced. However, it doesn't make the movie better for all that. It doesn't work for several reasons:

first, it's hard to follow the plot because Blier introduces sequences that are earlier or subsequent to the present scene. For example, we realize too late that Colette ( Balasko) after she left Bernard, married with a man and she had children. The movie ignores certain sequences that are however essential to the development of the plot.

Then, the movie irritates due to its main characters, it goes without saying that dialogs are the key to the good development of the plot. But here, you are under the impression that the characters don't exchange their words. They're talking in the emptiness and don't seem to care about the others' opinion!

Let's add that the movie, sometimes, creates a certain boredom because of some lifeless sequences that drag on (notably during dinners in Depardieu's ravishing house with his wife ( Bouquet) and all their guests.

In short, "trop belle pour toi" is a cold and no soul movie and it left me unsatisfied in spite of good ideas in the making ( Cluzet who expresses his anger with Schubert's music in the background played very loud). Even a trio of outstanding actors don't succeed in saving the movie.

Remark: Carole Bouquet won an Oscar in France in 1990, for her performance in this movie. Good for her.

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