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  • Actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Frances Tomelty, Tom Burke
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: Christopher Hampton, Colette
  • Producers: Andras Hamori, Bastian Griese, Bill Kenwright, Cameron McCracken, Christopher Hampton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0WBXM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cheri" on IMDb

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Stephen Frears… makes thoroughly professional and immensely entertaining stories that pay particular attention to characters, their flaws, emotions and deepest desires. In Cheri, he has another dandy.  The chemistry between Pfeiffer and Friend is positively combustible. One feels the hunger in each, the rising physical passion and emotional vulnerability in two people who, if asked, would scorn love as a human weakness.

Darius Khondji’s mood-catching cinematography, Consolata Boyle’s eye-catching costumes and Alan MacDonald’s gorgeous sets are all entertainment in themselves. But the greatest contribution comes from composer Alexandre Desplat whose nostalgic, romantic, melancholy score evokes the period perfectly.
                                                                                                            - Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter


Filled with luxurious gowns and lush grounds, Stephen Frears's Colette adaptation depicts an affair too perfect to last. Parisian courtesan Lea de Lonval (Michelle Pfeiffer) retains her good looks and has invested her earnings wisely, so her colleague, Madame Peloux (Kathy Bates), persuades Lea to celebrate the inception of her retirement by teaching the Madame’s self-centered son, Chéri (Rupert Friend, recalling T.Rex's tousle-haired Marc Bolan), how to treat a lady. Lea, who has known Chéri his entire life, has genuine affection for the unformed lad, although, as she quips, "I can't criticize his character, mainly because he doesn't seem to have one." To her surprise, their weekend in Normandy turns into a six-year-relationship. Then, Madame Peloux announces that she has found an appropriate 18-year-old bride for her now-reformed 25-year-old boy. Afraid to admit the depth of their feelings for each other, the duo grudgingly goes along with the plan since Belle Époque society demands that a proper gentleman marry a proper lady, and Lea realizes that matrimony to a man half her age isn't an option. But real love--even the co-dependent kind--can't be banished quite so easily as a bad habit. Frears and Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton, adapting Chéri and The Last of Chéri, previously collaborated with Pfeiffer on Dangerous Liaisons, but their reunion is a comparatively somber affair that comes recommended more for fans of the actress, who gives the role her all, than for fans of the filmmaker, whose direction feels perfunctory, particularly during the blink-and-you'll-miss-it epilogue. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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I love this movie because it's not your average romance story.
The acting by Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates and Rupert Friend (now famous for his role in Homeland) is super.
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Please some one let me know as I have no idea when it was even purchased!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RareRare on March 25, 2010
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Colette would have approved. Despite some uneven casting, "Cheri" ultimately works onscreen. Kathy Bates is terribly miscast and misdirected. Michelle Pfeiffer struggles in the beginning, but ends up breaking your heart. Surprisingly it is the newcomer Rupert Friend (real-life boyfriend of Keira Knightley) as "Cheri" who is the glue that holds the piece together. He takes the viewer on a remarkable journey through the selfish psyche of a young man lost in a world he thinks he knows all too well. He shows us the callousness of a young spoiled rascal in the milleu of the Belle Epoque of courtesans and opium. It is Cheri who keeps us guessing as to what is going to happen. Pfeiffer ruins the surprise because a third of the way through she is already playing the ending.

I argued with a friend of mine who didn't think Pfeiffer was a convincing prostitute. But in the Belle Epoque, these women were not mere mortals. Kings gave their kingdoms away for the love of such beauties. And Pfeiffer is certainly in that category. Plus she does play the dichotomy in her character: a woman who loves Cheri as both a mother and a lover.

I can tell you're interested. I'll write no more, except to say, as I always say, take a chance on love. It's well worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Givan on November 25, 2009
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The movie Cheri, based on Colette's novel, is a rich and satisfying romance. I enjoyed the fabulous costumes, and the attention to detail in the historic settings. There are fine performances by all of the actors, and of course Michelle Pfeiffer is stunningly beautiful.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bernie Tinirau on September 25, 2009
Format: DVD
After all the critical acclaim this movie received i was looking forward to see this movie.
The story was quite good,the acting too,the music was particularly nice also.
Michelle Pfeiffer is beautiful but unfortunately i thought that she looked painfully thin and the dresses she wore seemed to just hang on her ,women in that era were quite plump and i just did not see her as a believable courtisane.
Cathy Bates was miscast in this role i feel.She was badly overacting and i think they should have used an english actress to play the part, maybe Emma Thomson or Miranda Richardson.
Rupert Friend was good and believable in the part and i see a great future for him at the movies.
Don't get me wrong it wasn't unpleasant but but it could have been so much better.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Smith VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
A rapture of visual, audio and cinematic emotional brilliance all tied with a killer last line. What a wonder is set before the viewer when one enters the world of "Cheri".
The visual richness of this parfait of the Belle Epoch is breathtaking from the rich creamy art neuveau architecture to the gloriously realized costumes of the early 20th century. What they only indicated in "Titanic" of the same period costumes. Explodes in luxury and in a sense informs the eye to the scene at hand and seems less costume than authentic clothing.
As Cinema "Cheri" succeeds as more than an adaptation of a Collette novel but becomes a world unto it's own. Here we are presented with some of our finest female performers at the top of their game. In short I am speaking of Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates. As former courtesan rivals who are now aging friends they come together to define the last part of their lives and the beginning of Bates' son's life in a remarkable way.
Kathy Bates goes deep into the complexities of her mix of comedy and nuanced drama in the same way she did with Annie Wilkes. Not to say that the characters of Annie and Madame Peloux are anything alike. But Miss Bates takes this role to a superior level while all the while not letting you see her do her magic. She is just THERE! The scene where her face decays from a radioactively sunny laugh to reveal her true deepest disgust her spoiled soul is priceless.
Then there is Michelle Pfeiffer as Lea de Lonval, at fifty one she may be older that the literary Lea but she has never been more luminous or nearly goddess like. To look at her is to look upon a woman of a certain age that is ageless in her embrace of times changing hands upon her face. But there is more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Promise on August 15, 2012
Format: DVD
It's been a long time since I've read any of Collette's novels but I remember enough to know that this movie was not going to be a thigh-slapper. The film captures the terribly bittersweet feeling of love found and lost that Collette seemed to know so well. Here we have an aging but still beautiful courtesan who has made it this far in life without letting herself slip into the pitfall of actually falling in love. She's about to retire and relishes being able to sleep alone in her lovely satin sheets. Then...ooops, just when she's having an innocent fling she goes an actually does it. This time it's with a young man who must be less than half her age. The impossibility of their relationship makes their affair terribly poignant. You know that it can't go anywhere but you want it too, just as they do.

Michelle Pfeiffer looks very good as the courtesan but I had a hard time with her voice. Her American accent kept coming through and her deliberately mannered way of speaking seemed terribly artificial. Still she is a compelling actress and after a while her grenuine emotions seemed to overtake her initial speech clumsiness. Rupert Friend was perfectly cast as Cheri, the young fellow she falls for. He is impossibly handsome and thoroughly convincing as the spoiled, arrogant but charming man-child. As callow as he seems to be at first, his genuine feelings for her come through. It's a fine performance and the two of them looked very good together. They made the affair absolutely credible in spite of the age difference. Kathy Bates is good, too, in her role as the fellow's mother.

The costumes and sets are delicious and add a great deal to the enjoyment of the film.

This is a film about the times, la Belle Epoque, its pleasures and pains....very well told. It's interesting, that the narrator tells us, at the end, how the First World War brought an end to that time and how Cheri eventually ended his life.
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