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The Beautiful Person (2011)

Léa Seydoux , Louis Garrel , Christophe Honoré  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
  • Directors: Christophe Honoré
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O26LBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The ever-inventive French director Christophe Honore ("Love Songs," "Dans Paris," "Ma Mere") once again shows his versatility in this tale of adolescent lust and longing. Beautiful 16-year-old Junie (Lea Seydoux, "Mysteries of Lisbon," "Inglourious Basterds"), attends a new school only to find herself in love with her charming Italian teacher (Louis Garrel, "Love Songs," "The Dreamers") while also pursued by a fellow student (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). The attractions of the mysterious Junie are the centerpiece of this modern adaptation of Mademoiselle de Chartres' classic novel "The Princess of Cleves."

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This is a lovely, deliberate, melancholy look into the fairy-tale lives of pale, beautiful, preternaturally graceful high-school students in Paris - a dreamy, pearly, wintry Paris on which the harsh sun never, ever shines.

The Beautiful Person is so hypnotically beautiful that it drew me through the somewhat jarring adjustment I had to make from my placid late-middle-aged American world into theirs, which teems with sex and longing, but - Oh, my! - it was worth it. This movie is luxurious and delightful.

Some of those who do not like it may be unwilling or unable to make such a cultural adjustment, but those who do will be rewarded. Reviews on other sites encouraged me to hang in there through the rough patches in the beginning, when I could not even tell who was who and doing what with whom. Those reviews also hinted that I might be slightly disappointed after Christophe Honoré's last movie, the remarkable Love Songs. I was not at all. This is a sadder movie, but it is no less deeply satisfying.

Like Love Songs, renting this one is not enough: I need my own copy so I can watch it over and over. Also like Love Songs, I expect the pleasure it gives will get richer with each viewing.

Something nice I just realized: there are no drugs in this movie, hardly any alcohol (none at all among the kids), no vomiting, no farting, no bullying, no mindless cruelty or grossness of any kind. In other words: This is not an American movie for American teenagers. It is probably not even a realistic view of Parisian teenagers (even they must have a few pimples), but realistic or not it is a joy to behold.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is superb! --Possible Spoilers!!-- November 27, 2011
I will admit I wanted to watch this film because Louis Garrel speaks Italian in it, and I also find him incredibly handsome. But looks and some Italian words would not be enough for me to watch a film all the way through. There has to be substance, and the movie must grab my attention from the first five minutes.

Sure, the beginning makes no dang sense, and I am not even sure what happened to Junie's mother, but this movie is excellent. Everyone in this film has a purpose, and they all do brilliantly. Louis Garrel does well as the tortured Italian teacher who has feelings for a female student.

I too, like other fans, own and obsess over Les Chansons d'amour, but I feel this movie is just as excellent. It's a peek inside what being a French student is like (or so I am assuming since I am American), and how we're not really all that different. It's quite realistic, with people being picked on for differences, the pressure to have a boyfriend, the list goes on infinitely.

I highly recommend this movie. You have to give the movie a chance, don't judge something in the first twenty minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film March 28, 2014
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The views of Paris are exceptional. A great film with good actors. Lea is so beautiful. She was also so good in the recent Woody Allen film .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars love/hate July 24, 2012
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i have a love/hate relationship with this movie, its deeply flawed but the performances of louis garrel and Lea Seydoux are just perfect and the chemistry between those two amazing and i realy liked their story and their lines or to be accurate the lack of it when you are truly in love who needs words (maybe a spoiler)am absolutely fond of the scene in the hotel but i liked the fact that they didnt need to explain or talk through every step or move. i love Christophe Honore but this was not one of his best, i feel that if this was a short movie focused only on those two and the silent intensity of the connection between the two charecters it would have been great because the other characters and their story lines were just pointless and yes boring and just unnecessary, if you are a fan of louis garrel watch it if you are not dont bother
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