The Girl from Monaco
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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.
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.
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).Read more ›
This could have been one of those movies. It was not. But it did have some good moments when it was a pleasure to watch. Other moments- not so much. Still, with a beautiful actress and great location scenery it was not a total waste of time. It just could have been better.
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Another guilty pleasure. Not an intellectual adventure... just good fun.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Junkie
I rented this after I saw that this movie had the same director as "Adore" (AKA "Perfect Mothers") movie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by N. Lester
Good beginning but became more depressing, odd and morose as it went on. Would recommend watching though. Those French movies!Published on March 15, 2013 by Paul
if you're a rich guy beset by a gold digger, what do you do? of all your choicest, the one made in this film is pretty interesting... worth watchingPublished on January 9, 2013 by Hakim
Everything and everyone and every word is superficial; the plot is worthy of a dime novel; good scenery, boring plot and music to go with it.Published on April 9, 2012 by Francis
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