Hors de Prix (2006)

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Director: Pierre Salvadori
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff

Synopsis

A hardworking hotel employee in Biarritz is seduced by an attractive golddigger due to a misunderstanding and determines to pursue her to the Côte d'Azur and win her back when she unceremoniously dumps him. This means beating her at her own game.

The Review

A sort of Taming of the Shrew situation is set up early on in this typically coy turn-of-the-century sex comedy (cf. Amélie, Angel-a, Love Me If You Dare). There is something very conservative about a film where the man proves his worth by squeezing his sugar-mommy for more than his rival, even if he is patently not as good at it and offers to give it all back in the end (he doesn't have to). The screenplay offers the prospect of true love, provided life isn't too uncomfortable in the meantime; if it didn't, the characterisation of the girl would defy credibility. But that makes it a non too controversial or original offering for a film that purports to broaden its star's repertoire somewhat.