Beautiful Lies

Gallic star power makes this creaky romcom tolerable but best not to set your expectations too high. Audrey Tautou brings sweetness and light to an otherwise not-that-likeable protagonist, a hairdressing salon owner who resolves to cheer up her mum (Nathalie Baye) by prevailing on the shop handyman (Sami Bouajila) to tout himself as gigolo for her.

This is slightly unsettling, since Bouajila – working wonders in a virtually unplayable role – is smitten with Tautou and the author of an anonymous love letter to her. We’re supposed to be drawn into the plot’s would-be witty complications but the script grinds its way through sundry reversals, initial jollity giving way to plodding rigmarole. Yet you certainly can’t fault the cast and the film’s seaside setting of Sète looks quite lovely.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday August 12 2011
Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Pierre Salvadori
Cast: Sami Bouajila
Audrey Tautou
Stephanie Legarde
Judith Chemla
Nathalie Baye

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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tilly

If you like simple-minded films about witless hairdressers presented as cute and appealing, then this one's for you. Otherwise, avoid it.

Ann

Truly awful. Not as funny nor as cute as it thinks it is. Characters underdeveloped, story preposterous with many contrivances. It lack intelligence, depth and warmth. There are many brilliant French films out there. This isn't one of them.

David

Ignore the critics, especially if you speak enough French to ignore some truly atrocious subtitling. The script is subtle and delightful throughout, the plot may be ludicrous but the characters are totally believable, and all three main protagonists are fabulously watchable. I'm a middle-aged male who normally hates rom-coms, and I thought this one was a million times more intelligent and fun than the average.

David

Ignore the critics, especially if you speak enough French to ignore some truly atrocious subtitling. The script is subtle and delightful throughout, the plot may be ludicrous but the characters are totally believable, and all three main protagonists are fabulously watchable. I'm a middle-aged male who normally hates rom-coms, and I thought this one was a million times more intelligent and fun than the average.