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Pretty Things (2001)
"Les jolies choses" (original title)

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Lucie and Marie are twin sisters with a love-hate relationship, their personalities completely opposed. Lucie is an extroverted pin-up model, drawn to Paris seeking fame and dragged into a ... See full summary »

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Marie / Lucie
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Nicolas
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Jacques
Titoff ...
Sébastien
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Jessica
Tony Amoni ...
Steve
Matthieu Touboul ...
Martin
Olivier Granier ...
Le père
Aude Brenner ...
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Nikita Lespinasse ...
Heidi
Guy Amram ...
Fred
Martin Amic ...
Arthur
Morgane Maugran ...
Physio night-club
Xavier Briere ...
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Albert Buis ...
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Lucie and Marie are twin sisters with a love-hate relationship, their personalities completely opposed. Lucie is an extroverted pin-up model, drawn to Paris seeking fame and dragged into a world of sex, drugs and danger. Marie is a quiet, reserved and austere. Both sisters are haunted by their long-standing childhood competition for the affections of their cruel, emotionally distant father. However, when Lucie's modeling connections lead to an exclusive recording contract offer despite the fact that she cannot sing, Lucie is forced to seek out Marie, who possesses a good singing voice, to perform in her place. Marie reluctantly agrees, but when she returns from the performance she finds that Lucie has committed suicide, leaving her no choice but to assume Lucie's name. As Marie's own fame skyrockets, she spirals uncontrollably further downward into the secrets of Lucie's dark life and finds a hidden side of herself. Written by Jo

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This is the first film which Marion Cotillard plays a singer, the second was La Vie en Rose (2007). See more »

Quotes

Sébastien: [Kissing Marie's right nipple] I adore your breasts.
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Les jolies choses
Music and Lyrics by Axelle Renoir
Performed by Axelle Renoir
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Quite a startling unfolding of a descent into depravity.
19 March 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch this at a Melbourne International Film Festival a few years ago and was blown away by the serpentine descent that the audience is put through. The stunning soundtrack and focussed performance by Cotillard made for a mesmerising if somewhat melodramatic film. The characters interactions with each other were rooted in realism, sometimes displaying that twisted reality we all have to deal with. I enjoyed this for being gratuitously indulgent, and yet gritty with some raw nerves exposed.


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