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Too Beautiful for You (1989)

Trop belle pour toi (original title)
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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Bertrand Blier

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Bertrand Blier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josiane Balasko ... Colette Chevassu
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard Barthélémy (as Gerard Depardieu)
Carole Bouquet ... Florence Barthélémy / La voisine de Colette
François Cluzet ... Pascal Chevassu
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Marcello
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Geneviève
Denise Chalem Denise Chalem ... Lorène
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Léonce
Philippe Loffredo Philippe Loffredo ... Tanguy
Stéphane Auberghen Stéphane Auberghen ... Paula
Jean-Louis Cordina Jean-Louis Cordina ... Gaby
Jean-Paul Farré Jean-Paul Farré ... Le pianist
Richard Martin Richard Martin ... Man on the Tram
Philippe Faure Philippe Faure ... Le mari de Colette
Juana Marques Juana Marques ... La fille
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Storyline

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Too Beautiful for You See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Gross USA:

$1,776,440
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Colette Chevassu: Beauty hurts.
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Soundtracks

WIEGENLIED D 498
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Elly Ameling - Dalton Baldwin
Philips 420 870.2 (p) 7/1982
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too boring for me
16 March 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee 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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