The Beautiful Person
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this because Lea Seydoux is in it and because the reviews I read were very good, but I think they were written by
members of Louis Garrel's fan club. Read more
Based on the novel of La Princesse de Clèves, I found this to be an interesting interpretation. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by vivace
...that this movie is boring beyond belief, going nowhere, has NO real plot & can't be entertaining!! Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by World Citizen