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The Girl from Monaco (2008)

Fabrice Luchini , Roschdy Zem , Anne Fontaine  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fabrice Luchini, Roschdy Zem, Louise Bourgoin
  • Directors: Anne Fontaine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, 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: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PI1NR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A brilliant and neurotic attorney (Fabrice Luchini) goes to Monaco to defend a famous criminal. But, instead of focusing on the case, he falls for a beautiful she-devil (Louise Bourgoin), who turns him into a complete wreck. Hopefully, his zealous bodyguard (Roschdy Zem) will step in and put everything back in order... Or will he?

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it is interesting April 28, 2010
I saw ads for this on youtube and decided to get it. It is at its advertised; a lawyer working on a case in monaco meets this attractive nympho who is a weathergirl and gets involved with her. It kept my interest and I was interested but it did not knock my socks off. I will not give away the ending but it was subtle and a letdown. I had wanted a more conventional ending than the one this movie has. If you like light comedies/romances you might like this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fails to hit the jackpot July 30, 2011
Pure junk. The scenes of Monaco are great and the bodyguard in the movie is superb. The rest of the cast and story are beyond lame. The girl is cute but hardly a Brigitte Bardot or Catherine Denevue. The lawyer is a cartoon really. The acting is just too cool for school at times and at other times like a bad Peter Sellers.

I really don't know why this film was made. It tried to be a comedy and ends up really a tragedy. It's like they attempted an American comedy (you know where violence has to be thrown in for no apparent reason) but fail on all accounts.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For those with multiple personalities, The Girl from Monaco (La Fille de Monaco, directed by Anne Fontaine), could possibly do more good than therapy.

Is it a light romantic comedy of a middle-aged lawyer's ego and the uninhibited sexual spirit of a ditzy television weather girl, combined with a trial for murder and hints of the Russian mafia? Is it a male melodrama of irony and rue where a middle-aged lawyer's gonads lead him into humiliating situations that are at once humorous and embarrassing, and where an erotic and selfish female weather reader is manipulating his hormones? Is it a sad set of experiences where lust and manipulation lead to unexpected but justifiable justice, only leavened by the sense that certain actions were well-served and that the protagonists understand, finally, their behavior?

In other words, The Girl from Monaco is a movie with, at times, great charm and amusement, but which falls on its face because the director cannot make up her mind what she wants her movie to be about. With each shift into the next line of the story, we can't help but finally realize that the line we just left is something we'd rather stay with. Fontaine isn't deliberately leading us on, in my opinion, but she seems to keep changing her idea of the house she's building after construction has started.

Bertrand Beauvois (Fabrice Luchini) has traveled from Paris to Monaco to defend a woman charged with murdering a man she may or may not have been having an affair with. Beauvois is a top lawyer who wins his cases but seems to have less luck with women. He's a whiz with words, though. Because the murdered man was a Russian with Russian mafia connections, Beauvois is assigned protection, Christophe Abadi (Roschdy Zem).
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm the Life Force Baby–Don't Mess With Me April 22, 2014
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Fabrice Luchini is of course marvelous as the repressed lawyer who can't quite believe in his good luck when Audrey, the drop-dead gorgeous weather girl, takes a romantic interest in him. She's completely out of his league, and in fact had a fling with the lawyer's bodyguard some years back. Ok, Audrey really, really likes sex, with all kinds of men. So, despite the fact that this film was directed by a woman, Anne Fontaine, it's ultimately going to be about male bonding, and Audrey must be sacrificed. There's only one problem. Audrey, brilliantly acted by Louise Bourgoin, is so much more than a gorgeous woman, though she is that. Tall in stature, she manages to tower above the repressed lawyer in more ways than one. She's loving in a sincere way, she's creative (like the director of the film, she makes a movie–in this case about the eminent visiting lawyer). Audrey is the main, and indeed only source of liveliness, spontaneity, color, generosity–in the film. In short, she represents the life force. And rule #1 of making a film about love is YOU CAN'T KILL OFF THE LIFE FORCE! If you do, you'll have nothing left but two sadsack, rather pallid men. Sure, they bond, and there is an interesting twist to the court case subplot.

But if Audrey is no longer there, we don't care anymore about the rival lovers, the court case, the plot, or indeed Monaco, a place that Audrey so beautifully represented and brought to life,

Too bad: "The Girl from Monaco" had the potential to be a truly great film. But after allowing Louise Bourgoin to create Audrey as larger-than-life, a kind of goddess, the director entombs this spectacular character, and with it the film itself, in a blandly conventional storyline, the moral of which no longer resonates with our 21st century values.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to Monaco ... ; ) April 10, 2011
By maniac
What's not to like about this movie?
hot woman
beautiful scenery
Russian mafia
quee rs

Mix that all up & you get a story about locals trying to survive off wealthy visitors.
Who done it?
Who did who?
You'll have to find out yourself.

There are some one liners about male female relationships that had me ROFLMAO!
good movie for males or females ...
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