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Priceless (2006)

Hors de prix (original title)
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Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor.

Director:

Pierre Salvadori

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Pierre Salvadori (scenario), Benoît Graffin (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Tautou ... Irène
Gad Elmaleh ... Jean
Marie-Christine Adam Marie-Christine Adam ... Madeleine
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Jacques
Jacques Spiesser Jacques Spiesser ... Gilles
Annelise Hesme ... Agnès
Charlotte Vermeil Charlotte Vermeil ... Dame au chihuahua
Claudine Baschet Claudine Baschet ... Dame au dogue
Laurent Claret Laurent Claret ... Responsable bar Biarritz
Jean de Coninck Jean de Coninck ... L'homme au cigare
Blandine Pélissier Blandine Pélissier ... La femme de chambre
Philippe Vendan-Borin Philippe Vendan-Borin ... Serveur restaurant Biarritz
Bernard Bourdeau Bernard Bourdeau ... Collègue Jean Biarritz
Didier Brice Didier Brice ... François
Laurent Mouton Laurent Mouton ... Serveur café François
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Storyline

In Biarritz with her elderly provider to celebrate her birthday, Irene slips down to the hotel bar when he falls asleep on her. She mistakes barman Jean for a well-healed guest and he encourages the deceit by taking her up to the Royal Suite for the night. A year later the same thing happens but this time her lover finds out and disowns her. Now knowing Jean is indeed a barman of little means doesn't stop her from continuing to live in style until his money is gone. He soon finds himself in Irene's business with older and worldly-wise Madeleine, and though Irene also takes up with a new paramour the two of them keep in increasingly close touch. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

On the French Riviera, Love, Passion and Romance come at a Price See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Priceless See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€11,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,308, 28 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,499,127, 16 December 2016
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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During a French TV show, the actress and singer Marie Laforêt announced her participation in the film, but in the end, she did not appear in it. See more »

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Irène: I love Italian food. You don't expect much, so you can never be disappointed.
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What's the Use
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A Nutshell Review: Priceless
11 May 2007 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Transportation S$3.00 Movie Ticket S$9.00 Fried Chicken S$3.80 A Good Movie That Entertains? Priceless.

Directed by Pierre Salvadori, Pricess is one heck of a delightful gem. It is playful, cheeky, and boasts excellent chemistry between its leads, which is crucial to pull off a romantic comedy so dependent on their banter and interaction.

Audrey Tautou plays Irene, a high maintenance gold digging prostitute who flits from one elderly man to another, in the hopes of seducing and convincing them into marriage, while in the meantime milking all she could from their company. It's haute fashion label dropping, living the high life in expensive hotel suites, for free. In an uncontrollable one night stand, she hooks up with waiter Jean (Gad Elmaleh), who while is totally out of her league, falls hard for her, and becomes a constant thorn in her side as she goes about her mission in life.

Not your usual romance movie where the bickering couple are expected to kiss, make up, and bicker some more, Priceless does two things in its narrative. One, in its reminder to the male suckers out there to be wary of high maintenance women - if you don't have what it takes (and that simply means a really fat bankroll), forget about it, as she'll drain your finances as simply as it takes to gulp down a glass of water. Two, perhaps it really does pay for those who are kept men and women, if they don't mind trading their bodies for material pleasures that a rich life can offer.

And from adversaries to partners in crime, Priceless sprinkles its narrative with scenes like from The Guru, where tips and tricks of the trade are shared, and played for laughs. And this is especially so with Jean's natural charms mixed with Mr Bean like demeanor. Kudos actually to actor Gad Elmaleh, who throws this constant innocent blank look, when he's hamming it up pretending to be loaded, or practising turning on his charms (consciously or otherwise). He brings to Jean a sense of helplessness in falling for the woman of his dreams much against his finances, and gives Jean that chivalrous character that will surely win many over.

Fans of Audrey Tautou will reminisce her portrayal as Irene to be similar to the quirky Amelie, only that this time round, she's the complete slut whom you pity for having such a materialistic nature. Her plunging necklines all the way down to the navel will no doubt raise temperatures, and while noticeably older, has brought about a sense of maturity from giggling girl to all woman.

Peppered with an excellent soundtrack, the best songs were kept for a party scene, and for as many party scenes featured in various movies, I'd rate this one as one of the most interesting, thanks to the key music, characters, and the scene that plays out just right. With so many elements working in its favour, I'd rate this as a contender for the top movies of this year. Don't let this movie slip pass you in this crowded blockbuster summer!


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