Chéri (2009) Runtime: 86 min Genre : Comedy | Drama | Romance Movie Release : 8 April 2009 (France) Ratings: 6,2/10 from 8.048 users Director: Stephen Frears Writers: Christopher Hampton, Colette (novels) Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates Country: UK | France | Germany Language: English | French | Latin | Italian More Movie Info :http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179258/
During France’s belle époque before World War I, elegant cars, mansions, and servants defined the lives of les grandes horizontals, the courtesans of kings and millionaires. One of the most successful, Lea de Lonval, is approaching a certain age when an older associate, Charlotte Peloux, asks Lea to take on her 19 year old son, whom Lea has called Chéri since he was a child. They become lovers and, to their surprise, the relationship lasts six years. When it ends abruptly with a marriage his mother arranges to the daughter of another courtesan, Lea finds herself miserable. Has she fallen in love? If so, do she — and Chéri – have any choices?
“Cheri” is the nickname given by Lea (Michelle Pfeiffer) to the young, much younger Fred, whom she brings to discover the truth about lovemaking, and unintentionally but inevitably, about loving. The actor playing Fred is handsome, attractive, but who really hits the sign (as usually, I would say) is Michelle Pfeiffer, who proved to be very courageous in playing a role where she constantly repeats to herself how old she is. Indeed, her beauty, elegance and refinement are always there to remind her and us how difficult it is to come to terms with ageing, mainly when beauty has been the very essence of your life.
The plot is almost absent, being the story more based on emotions, moods, sensations, rather than facts, and the movie in the end manages to capture the viewer, thanks to its capability to render the emotional side through glances and through effective and intense framing of both characters and situations: the last one is incisive, almost paralyzing.
Ironic and funny moments are not absent, mainly when Cathy Bates, playing the odd, high spirited mother, enters the scene, but the overall tone is a melancholic one, above all for the female public, we cannot but sympathize with Lea’s inner strength, and at the same time feel moved by her deep suffering. From an aesthetic point of view, the movie is to be visually appreciated for its pleasant settings, its refined costumes and in general for a deep care for precious details.
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Chéri (2009) Runtime: 86 min Genre : Comedy | Drama | Romance Movie Release : 8 April 2009 (France) Ratings: 6,2/10 from 8.048 users Director: Stephen Frears Writers: Christopher Hampton, Colette (novels) Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates Country: UK | France | Germany Language: English | French | Latin | Italian More Movie […]