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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

Writer:

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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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 {J-26}

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,208, 4 March 1990

Gross USA:

$1,776,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

ROSAMUNDE D 797: Entr'acte no 2
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Elly Ameling (credited incorrectly, just a album info)
Conducted by Kurt Masur (as Kurt Mazur)
Performed by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (uncredited)
Philips 412 457.2 - (P) 12 / 2983
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the eye of the beholder, so forth
8 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Bertrand Blier's story of love at first sight between a successful auto salesman and his older, unglamorous secretary does more than simply dispel the skin-deep myth of physical beauty. Gérard Depardieu describes his new lover as "not beautiful, but nice", but his aristocratic young wife dismisses her for being 'common', setting up a conflict not between age and beauty but between opposing social classes, with a proletarian lug who married into the upper crust becoming justifiably mushy over someone less pretentious than his wife. It sounds like fun, but anyone expecting a lightweight romantic farce will be disappointed to find something closer to an intellectual exercise in style, designed around an exaggerated sense of melodrama and several odd, operatic gestures: characters thinking out loud in public or engaging in third-person soliloquies, and so forth. Not to mention, in an obscure ongoing joke, a few outspoken criticisms of the music of Franz Schubert.


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