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Priceless (2008)

Audrey Tautou , Pierre Salvadori  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Audrey Tautou
  • Directors: Pierre Salvadori
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, 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: First Look Home Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Priceless" on IMDb

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On the French Riviera, nothing comes cheap. And when it comes to men, Irene has very rich taste. One very confusing night, she is duped at her own game. Her knight in shining armor turns out to have no shine at all. Irene, however, is the woman of Jean's dreams. The only way to win her heart back is to turn the tables on her. Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code, Amelié) stars in a romantic comedy that proves true love is PRICELESS.

Priceless provides a sweet and sour look at the world of the super-rich. Jean (The Valet's Gad Elmaleh) works at a luxury hotel on the French Riviera. His opposite number, Irène (Amélie's Audrey Tautou), lives off wealthy men, like elderly benefactor Jacques (Vernon Dobtcheff). While staying at Jean's Biarritz hotel, Irène meets the bartender, mistakes him for a guest, and plies her considerable charms. Flattered, Jean neglects to tell her the truth, and they spend a drunken evening together. The next day, she's gone. The only trace of her presence: a discarded paper umbrella. A year passes, and Irène returns with Jacques, who dumps her when he find out about the cheating, so she bilks Jean out of everything he owns before disappearing again. Wealthy widow Madeleine (Marie-Christine Adam) offers to takes care of Jean's debts--for a price. And just like that, he's sunk to Irène's level. The next time she sees him, she quips, "Now we're equals." So, instead of teaching her the value of legitimate work, Irène teaches Jean how to play Madeleine like a violin. Following in the footsteps of Pierre Salvadori's Après Vous, which centered around a suicidal sommelier, Priceless is unexpectedly melancholy for a comedy. Like the couple in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Jean and Irène are essentially two lost souls. Irène may be an icier creature than Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly, but Salvadori finds a satisfying way to tie a pretty bow on this somewhat prickly package and, naturally, the scenery is ravishing. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
"Priceless" (Hors de prix) is a romantic comedy of a sort only the French would make. Jean Simon (Gad Elmaleh) is a bartender at a posh hotel on the French Riviera so conditioned to fulfill the guests' every wish that he can't say "no". Irene Mercier (Audrey Tautou) is an attractive young woman kept by a wealthy older man whom she hopes to marry to secure a life of luxury. When Irene's companion Jacques (Vernon Dobtcheff) falls asleep and spoils her plans for the evening, Irene dejectedly saunters to the hotel bar, where she mistakes Jean for a rich guest. Jean sheepishly accommodates her mistake, and they have a drunken fling. When she returns to the hotel a year later, engaged to Jacques, their mutual attraction threatens her marriage plans, Jean's job, and everyone's equilibrium.

This is a genuinely charming and funny film, but I had to laugh at its effrontery as well as it script. "Priceless" adopts a jaunty, optimistic tone at the point when Jean and Irene begin prostituting themselves to rich patrons. This film would not be made in the Untied States. It accepts the casual exchange of sex for money as an amusing and self-evident aspect of life, and sexual jealousy simply does not exist. Irene couldn't be more charming than when she attempts to educate a smitten Jean on the arts of gold-digging and seduction. Irene and Jean's meal tickets, the wealthy bon vivants that keep them in designer fashions, are interesting and smart people themselves, which helps elevate the film.

And there is always something interesting going on the background. I enjoyed director Pierre Salvadori's peeks behind the scenes at how luxury hotels function.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming French Film December 20, 2008
I'm going out on a limb and giving this film 5 stars. No it's not epic long lasting cinema, but it's a perfectly enjoyable, wonderfully well made, bit of entertainment. It's in the same vein as Cousin Cousine Cousin, Cousine, or when you read the synopsis, not a movie you would want to watch. However, the French have this ability to make films that take what, to American sensibility, would be an offensive film, and make it charming.

This film is a little charming film. From the start you are drawn in, beautiful scenery, an intriguing bell man (Jean) working hard to make money. Working so hard, Jean actually falls asleep standing up while working. And the counterpart is a young woman (Irene) with an older man. He passes out drunk on her birthday and she ends up with the Jean. You can think long and hard about what Irene does or is, but why? By this time you are hooked on the charm of this film. Just go along, enjoy the ride.

The scenery in and around Nice is wonderful. The people are beautiful. The language gorgeous. The sun, the sea, just enjoy.

We watched this movie on a cold December snowy evening, and enjoyed the full two hours non-stop.

The subtitles / translation is done rather well. The only nit to pick, the name of the film. Hors de Prix is more like outrageously priced, or extremely expensive. It's not necessarily pricelss. With the matercard ads we lean more to priceless meaning, can't be bought for any money. Like Jean, hors de prix, humans can buy these things, they might just have to take out loans to buy them. Priceless things can't be bought.

As was said in another review, the sex bits are very subtle. It's definately a romantic film.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This gem sparkles like diamonds on display in Tiffany's. Audrey Tautou shows her physical beauty and amazing acting range, pulling off a seemingly impossible character arc from selling her self to the highest bidder to finding true love. Twists along the way let us see the world from all points of view, a rare thing in storytelling. Having it all feel seamless and natural is an amazing tour de force by actors, writers, film crew and the director. "Priceless" is one of the very few romantic comedies that can be watched again without losing an ounce of its punch. And whoever did the costumes for Ms. Tautou deserves an Academy Award.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweetly jaundiced view of love and money. May 3, 2008
Like Nicholas Stoller's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Pierre Salvadori's "Priceless" could be considered distinctly unsavory if the story weren't so funny and the actors so charming. Both films share a basic theme--sexual hanky-panky in luxurious resort hotels--but whereas "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" concentrates on the sex itself, making it thoroughly American, "Priceless" is very French in concentrating on the dollars-and-cents (or euros-and-cents) calculations of love for a price. "Priceless" redeems itself by having true love triumph over money in the end (and you knew it would going into this movie; this is "Priceless," not "Darling.") Audrey Tautou is alluringly hard-edged as a shameless golddigger who, through a series of mixups, ends up sleeping with a shy barman (Gad Elmaleh) she mistakes for a tycoon. The mixup costs Tautou her current sugar daddy, with nothing and no one to fall back on. When Elmaleh presses his suit, Tautou exacts an expensive revenge which leads to all sorts of repercussions and complications, all set against the opulent backdrops of Biarritz and Monte Carlo captured glowingly by cinematographer Gilles Henry. Tautou is funny and touching as a mercenary woman who gradually melts under the spell of true love, and Elmaleh is a perfect example of the lovable deadpan comedians France excels at producing. The various rich folk whom Tautou and Elmaleh, ahem, bump up against--played to perfection by Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff, and Jacques Spiesser--become more loathsome with each second of screen time, making the ultimate triumph of love over money all the sweeter. "Priceless" is a prime, and unexpectedly pointed, example of French bedroom farce.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute movie. One of our family favorites
Published 1 month ago by JustLaura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by J. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. One of my favorite movies. Probably Audrey Tautou's best role.
Published 1 month ago by Anthox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Moved this movie, cute and funny
Published 2 months ago by Princess Meghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Tautou never disappoints!
Audrey Tautou is abolutely one of my favorite actresses, she can do no wrong in my eyes.
Published 2 months ago by Bryce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie Audrey is a very aggressive high maintenance woman . She got the charm in this comedy
Published 3 months ago by Alfredo F Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Fun vibes.
I love this movie. Its extremely fun to watch. You can call Audrey Tautou's character a hooker all you want but get the morals out of the way and just watch to enjoy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dylan S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Tautou Is cute and charming
Saw this movie on a stars a few years ago and always wanted it on blu-ray but could never find it in the retail stores at a reasonable price until i saw it on amazon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Movie Watcher68
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
Kind of weird to see the values of this movie.
Still, great scenes, and good enough to be part of our French Film Festival.
Published 4 months ago by Ana Moreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining.
This is a favorite! We all love it. Both main characters pull you right in, and are
absolutely charming. Very fun!
Published 5 months ago by Song weaver
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